Pg 16-Tsholotsho FC

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Raymond Jaravaza
STRUGGLING Tsholotsho FC players allegedly went on strike during the week and refused to train over unpaid salaries and winning bonuses.

B-Metro Sport observed the players milling around at White City Stadium on Tuesday with a training session scheduled for that afternoon later aborted.

A player who spoke to this publication said they were owed outstanding salaries and the situation was made worse after former benefactor Mandla Manyathela relinquished ownership of the team last month.

a�?When Bra Mandla owned the team, he is the one who addressed our grievances but as things stand right now we dona��t know who to go to. They owe us salaries and winning bonuses for the matches that we won,a�? said the player.

Club chairman Mlamuli Phiri said the situation at Iziqholo zeZhwane was now under control.

He said the players had been briefed on the changes at the club.

a�?We are trying to put our house in order after the changes in ownership. Ita��s true, the players have been a bit confused on who to approach with their grievances but everything has been clarified and ita��s business as usual. The boys are back at training as we focus on our next match,a�? said Phiri.

Tsholotsho FC play host to Mutare City at White City Stadium on Saturday.

Manyathela reportedly handed over the club to the community which is now administering the team through the Tsholotsho Rural District Council.

According to our sister paper the Chronicle the new board at Tsholotsho FC includes Manyathela and his wife Sithokozile, Chief Matupula, businessmen Gift Nkomo, Believe Gaule and Maliwa Dube.

Council chairman Alois Ndebele and Sicelo Dube are ex-officio board members.

The new benefactors felt the community could not continue funding an individual project prompting a new ownership structure to be drawn up.

The team sits on position 15 of the Premier Soccer League table with just eight points from 12 games. They have won two, drawn two and lost eight.