By Sibusiso Masilela | 2019-12-06
SOCCER – MANZINI Wanderers Management Committee is spending close to E260 000 in running the team per month.
From this money, E180 000 goes into players and technical bench’s salaries.
The maroon and white giants also spend E20 000 to cover weekly expenses which total E80 000 per month.
Speaking during a press conference held at the Mountain Inn Hotel yesterday, the team’s Management Committee Chairman Bongani ‘Bhanyaza’ Mdluli said it was expensive to run the team due to its high wage bill.
“We have since identified several solutions to sort out the financial crisis in the team even though I am not in a position to discuss the details for now. I can assure everyone that we are doing everything to stabilise the situation.
“We have already met as a family, including the players, technical bench, and elders to try and normalise the situation,” he said.
When asked about the monthly bill, Mdluli referred queries to the club’s Treasurer Girly Johnson, who confirmed the figures but declined to elaborate.
Mdluli further stated they were also in talks with their estranged Director Mehluli Nhlengetfwa, whose future with the team looks uncertain
“We are still engaging Nhlengetfwa with a view of convincing him to come back in the team as we are also in talks with other business people to assist the team. We are obviously giving Nhlengetfwa first preference since he is still contracted to the team.
“We will notify our supporters about the outcome of the talks once everything has been finalised. We are doing our level best to ensure that everything is smooth while discussions with the director are still on-going.”
Nhlengetfwa unceremoniously disappeared from the team which resulted in the delay of the monthly salaries for October and November.
The team was expected to start training yesterday afternoon in preparation for their next MTN Premier League clash against Denver Sundowns tomorrow at Mavuso Sports Centre.
The Nyanga ‘Crooks’ Hlophe-led charges will be boosted by the return of South African defender Thamie Zulu, who recently attended trials with GladAfrica Championship side Stenberg FC.
The briefing was also attended by the team’s CEO Sandile ‘Ntofo’ Dlamini, Marketing Manager Mxolisi Dlamini and National Supporters Committee Vice-Chairman Mduduzi Dlamini.
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