Jwaneng Galaxy, the premiership title holders, has resolved to offer players pay cuts owing to financial difficulties occasioned by halting of football activities and lack of revenue amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
The decision has taken effect immediately and will continue until the situation subsides.
WeekendSport learns that the club management has taken a resolution to offer each player a minimum of P 3000 as allowance to manoeuvre the difficult terrain of the game. However, players have gone berserk and are finding it difficult to accept the new terms.
Galaxy is one of the high paying clubs in the country with a wage bill reaching P450 000 monthly. It is reported that Debswana, the club’s main sponsors, are also hard hit by the scourge and find it difficult to hold on.
Those close to the developments indicate that the decision had long been coming especially after football was halted last year March.
Late last year, Debswana board took a rather uncomfortable decision to cut club sponsorship. Usually, when everything is on track, Galaxy sees P3.5 million going in its coffers from Debswana annually.
Since Jwaneng decided to merge the clubs, Galaxy became a little bit successful. They won two top 8 cups and last year they managed to take the monkey off their back by winning the BTC premiership title for the first time in many years.
Galaxy has been a modern fairy-tale, evidence of the stridently jumbled brilliance of the Premier League and the redemptive power of sport because of Debswana revenues.
At the other extreme, the club success is something more grave, evidence of the chronic mediocrity of the Premier League. For the bigger teams, failing to conquer African football should be an indelible spot of shame. But no one can dispute that diamonds and love have built the team that has been swashbuckling since money started to pour in.
This season the team was rather unfortunate in the continental game. They played both Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates in CAF games. No doubt without the corona virus scare the club could have raked millions of Pulas through gate takings and parameter advertising.
Galaxy was the only club that has been paying full salary but without football that exercise has now proven a burden too heavy to handle.
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