Ex-Fidentia Rangers' players win case


The South African Football Players’ Union was awarded a settlement of R111 000 against Ikapa Sporting FC who bought the Fidentia status directly from the liquidators.

The price they paid for the status was never disclosed publically.

At the height of the uncertainty five months ago, the Players’ Union, together with members of the League met with the liquidators prior to the liquidation sale and the League gave an assurance that the players would be protected.

Today’s settlement is terms of breach of contract, unpaid salaries and signing on fees for Thulani Ndlovu, Juda Mchunu, Lucky Hlela, Thulani Calane and Wiltford Mothapo against Fidentia Rangers.

“As the union, we are very happy that the whole matter has finally resolved and the players can now focus on their football careers,” says Cappy Matutoane, Safpu’s chief negotiator.

“This is a lesson to club bosses who think they can unlawfully terminate players’ contracts and get away with it. All the players were given their money, however the case involving Lundekuhle Mandonsela is going to the Safa Appeal Board after we failed to reach an agreement with Ikapa Sporting FC.”

Matutoane also stressed that the PSL is not doing enough when it comes to the buying and selling of clubs.

“If this situation is not properly addressed we are still going to see more disputes because there is no protection of players’ contracts when clubs are sold.”