Trouble in paradise as the Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) players are threatening to strike demanding their salaries.
A source told Daily Sun that TTM players have allegedly not received their salaries for the past two months and that is the reason the Venda-based side have lost the form.
This saw them start the season on a high, occupying top spot on the log, but now Vhadau Vhadamani are 10th after losing four consecutive league matches.
TTM lost to their Venda rivals Black Leopards (1-0) Polokwane City (2-1), Hungry Lions (3-0) and JDR Star (1-0) last week.
They are now 12 points behind leaders Rise and Shine.
However, TTM manager Azwihangwisi Phasha denied that the players have not been paid.
“I don’t know anything about that… our players have been paid,” he said.
But players, who asked not to be named, confirmed to SunSport that they have not been paid.
“We don’t know what do anymore,” said one player.
“We just hope someone can talk to management to pay us. This is a job to us and we have to support our families.”
Struggling TTM are set to host Cape Town Spurs in their next league match at Thohoyandou Stadium today (3.30pm).
“It is a sad situation with TTM players,” said another. “The spirit in the team is very down.
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“How do you expect players to perform well while they have not been paid their salaries for the past two months?”
Our mole said: “Last week before the JDR Stars game, the team only trained once that week.
“On Monday they were supposed to train but they did not. They (players) are planning to strike and not train this week if they don’t get their money on Tuesday.
“Last week, they (players) were promised to get their salaries before the JDR game but they did not get their money.
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“It’s a sad situation, some players are family bread winners.
“Some players do not even have money for petrol to come to training.”
Our source added: “Even the technical team cannot perform a miracle as players are playing hungry and not happy.”