RELEGATION survivors in the 2015 Premier Soccer League campaign Tsholotsho FC are struggling to keep goalkeeper Nickel Marichi after revelations that the player is demanding a salary increase while the club has moved swiftly to secure the future of key players.
While Tsholotsho FC chairman Mlamuli Phiri rubbished claims that the club was failing to tie the goalie to a contract, the player himself hinted the negotiations were stalling.
“I am yet to renew my contract, but we will see what happens in the next few days,” said Marichi.
A mole in the Tsholotsho camp had this to say: “The player is frustrated by failure of the club to commit to a salary increase which they promised last season. The team is keen on extending the player’s contract, but the sticking issue is money. Look, the guy has a child who has just started school and he can’t wait for empty promises. If nothing materialises, he will have no option, but to leave the club,” said the mole.
The player is said to be earning less than $250 per month excluding winning bonuses and camping allowances.
Phiri dissociated the club with the claims and said the future of key players at Iziqholo zeZhwane was secure.
“There is nothing like that, Marichi is training with us. Contracts for a majority of our players were extended last year. Simbarashe (Gorogodyo) who joined us last season has a running contract while Nixon Gama and captain Stima (William) renewed their contracts at the end of last year. Spar Dube whose contract had expired has also committed his future with the club,” said Phiri
After holding trials at White City Stadium at the beginning of the year, the Tsholotsho FC executive is waiting for the technical team to compile a final list of players that made the grade.
Two strikers Fanuel Patika and Brian Mumba, who ply their trade in the South African lower leagues are also expected to join the team.
“The chosen players will then be offered contracts,” concluded Phiri.