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Sport - Date: 01 May 2020
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 5939
While their dispute with Jean Munganga over his unpaid salary is still unresolved, another Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) player, Masibusane Zongo, has alleged that the club had not paid him his March salary.
Speaking to Limpopo Mirror from his Cape Town home, the 30-year-old dribbling wizard said he was struggling to make ends meet during this lockdown after failing to receive his salary from his employer, TTM, in March.
Zongo, who is currently on suspension after allegations of misconduct, said that he raised the matter with the relevant authorities within the club immediately after realizing that no money had been deposited into his bank account at the end of the month as anticipated. He stated that he was told that it had been an omission and that the matter would be resolved with the urgency it deserved.
Zongo revealed that he waited for two weeks with the hope that the club would honour their contractual obligation, but that was not to be. He then decided to take the matter up with the South African Football Players Union (SAFPU) after realizing that the club was taking him for granted. SAFPU general secretary Mr Calvin Motloung confirmed that they had received a complaint from Zongo regarding non-payment of his salary for March.
He said that the matter was receiving attention, adding that finalising the case could take a little longer because of the national lockdown. “All the TTM players were included in the March 2020 payroll. If Masibusane Zongo did not receive his salary, we will investigate the matter and request our human resources unit to reprocess the payment,” reads an extract from the statement from the club’s communication and marketing manager, Mr Tshidino Ndou, when responding to the allegations.
In the statement, Ndou discourages players from running to the media when they have problems with the club, saying TTM had an open-door policy. Zongo joined the Tshakhuma side on a six-month contract at the beginning of the year. His relationship with Vhadau Vha Damani turned sour after their league match against Cape Umoya United at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday, 28 February.
According to Ndou, Zongo requested to stay behind after the game, saying he wanted to attend to a burning family matter and that he would report at the team’s training camp on Tuesday, 3 March. According to Ndou, the club agreed to Zongo’s request and bought him a return flight ticket. Instead of availing himself at the training camp on 3 March as promised, Zongo allegedly went AWOL.
Ndou again stated that the former Kaizer Chiefs star only reported at the team’s training camp on 12 March. This after the club had tried to locate him everywhere, without success. According to Ndou, Zongo’s cellphone was not reachable at the time of his disappearance. The club subsequently charged him with misconduct. According to Ndou, Zongo should have appeared before the club’s disciplinary committee on Friday, 27 March, but the case was postponed indefinitely after they realised that both Zongo and the committee members would not be able to avail themselves at the venue because of the national lockdown.
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.