Gallants clear the air on outstanding player bonuses

Marumo Gallants have shed some light on the issue of players refusing to train over allegations of financial disagreements with the club management.

This after news circulated on the eve of their all-important CAF Confederations Cup second leg semi-final clash against Young Africans that players were infuriated by bonuses that are being owed to them.

In a statement, Gallants refuted the claims, saying that there are no outstanding bonuses nor salaries for the players.

“In response to media statements being circulated regarding outstanding bonuses being owed to Marumo Gallants F.C players, the club would like to confirm that there are no outstanding bonuses owed/due to Marumo Gallants players and there are no outstanding salary payments owed/due to Marumo Gallants players,” read the statement.

“Performance bonuses and other payouts are done at the discretion of club management based on several factors. The previous issuing of various bonuses does not guarantee delivery or timing of future bonuses.

“Cup qualifying bonuses and other payments issued to the club form part of the financial management of the club.

“Demands by players for specific bonuses amounts to be paid at specific points in time are unfounded and damaging to the club, particularly ahead of important matches.”

Gallants have already secured themselves $450 000 (R8.25-million) as semi-finalists of the competition and could bag $625 000 should they reach the final.

Gallants do, however, have a tough task at hand as they must overturn a two-goal deficit against the Tanzanian premier league champions at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday evening.

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