ZVISHAVANE-BASED Premiership outfit FC Platinum are struggling to pay salaries for their players amid reports the
club owes them outstanding payments.
Report by Sports Correspondent
FC Platinum were known as the “Money Bags” when they won promotion into the top-flight league and swooped on some of the best players in the Premiership including former Dynamos forward Benjamin Marere, Quadr Amini from Gunners and youth international Joel Ngodzo, among other star players.
However, the Zvishavane outfit now appears to be facing financial challenges with players’ salaries being delayed.
One of the players who spoke to NewsDay Sport confirmed that they were owed salaries by the club. However, club secretary Phil Muvengwa dismissed the reports saying they were experiencing mere delays.
“I don’t think it is true to say that we owe players salaries. It’s just that the salaries have delayed. If it was two months we would say yes, we owe them salaries, but there was a delay this month (November).
As we speak, maybe there is something that has happened,” said Muvengwa.
The troubled Zvishavane outfit is also still to discuss the future of nine of their key players who were fined by Zifa for their alleged involvement in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal. The club is reported to be facing viability problems such that it can not raise $20 000 needed for player fines.
Muvengwa said they would be meeting to see whether they could be able to assist the affected players.
The affected players are: Ali Sadiki ($1 000), Benjie Marere
$2 000), Daniel Vheremu ($2 000), Tafadzwa Dube
($3 000), Zephaniah Ngodzo ($3 000), Khumbulani Banda ($3 000), Thabani Kamusoko ($3 000), Qadr Amini
($2 000) and Tsungi Mudzamiri ($1 000).