Moroka Swallows Players’ Strike Resolved As Chairman Confirms Delay in Paying Wages

Moroka Swallows Players’ Strike Resolved As Chairman Confirms Delay in Paying Wages

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at December 18, 2023 at 9:06 AM
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  • Moroka Swallows players were not training as a sign of protest against having not been paid
  • The strike was said to have begun at least 10 days before their defeat to SuperSport United
  • Swallows still have three DStv Premiership fixtures to honour in the final weeks of the year

Despite the prestige, football is still a job.

Moroka Swallows players are believed to have returned to training after striking over the club's failure to honour their remuneration commitments.

Tellingly, the Dube Birds lost to SuperSport United, running out of gas in the last 10 minutes, after taking the lead through a superb Ghabadinho Mhango free kick.

Moroka Swallows, unpaid wages, David Mogashoa
Moroka Swallows players have returned to training following a strike over unpaid wages. Photo: @MorokaSwallows.
Source: Twitter

Swallows coach, Steve Komphela confirmed after the defeat that the players had not been training in the week prior to the match.

There was even a possibility the game would not go ahead, but he stressed it would have painted an ugly picture of the club and the league.

Komphela was also adamant he was at training every day attempting to find a way to rectify the situation, eventually convincing the players to play via WhatsApp voicenote.

As reported by The Citizen, he commented:

"This is what was happening every day. I reported to training, I was there to try and sort out the challenges, then the players would go back home."

This is not the first time Swallows have found themselves in financial trouble. The club came perilously close to extinction after going bankrupt, only to be saved by politician Panyaza Lesufi, as reported by EWN.

The club's chairman, David Mogashoa confirmed to FARPost:

"Yes, there were delays, but the salaries were paid in full. We’re working on ensuring that this doesn’t happen again."

The Dube Birds finished eighth in the league last season and were looking good in October, but have only picked up one point in the last four games.

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Komphela trusts in Swallows' statistics

Sports Brief recently reported on Komphela's trust in the data signalling Moroka Swallows' improvement.

Komphela is aiming to lay solid foundations before making more substantial strides in the coming seasons.

The 56-year-old tactician said he seeks to build a brand of football he and the Dube Birds can be proud of.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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