Moroka Swallows Confirm Players’ Disciplinary Hearing As David Mogashoa Considers Restructuring

Moroka Swallows Confirm Players’ Disciplinary Hearing As David Mogashoa Considers Restructuring

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at January 3, 2024 at 3:46 PM
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  • Moroka Swallows have booked a January 5 date for the club's internal hearing
  • Swallows have charged the players for bringing it and the league into disrepute
  • Chairman David Mogashoa has stated the club needs restructuring to stay afloat

The muddy waters in Dobsonville could get a little clearer in the coming days.

Moroka Swallows players are set to face the club's hierarchy in a disciplinary hearing that could shape the rest of the season, and even some careers.

The club deems the players' wage protest to have been an 'illegal strike' which has detrimentally affected the team's prospects.

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Chairman of Moroka Swallows, David Mogashoa claims the club requires restructuring as he brings the players in for a disciplinary hearing. Photo: @maetsabane.
Source: Twitter

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has also confirmed it will charge the club too, leaving them facing a large fine that will dig David Mogashoa's financial hole that much deeper.

However, the chairman blames the PSL for the predicament. He claims the league vetoed two lucrative sponsorships due to a conflict of interest, as reported by iDiskiTimes.

Clubs receive just over R2 million per month from the league body but Mogahsoa says he needed to pull extra funds from his private business to meet the club's expenses.

The owner of Bahwiti Motor Holdings, which has also been a shirt sponsor in recent seasons, outlined his new vision. As reported by SABC Sport, he said:

"It needs to be small, we need to have youth in the club, and we must forget about the experienced senior players because they cost more."

This new direction could point to a fire sale, which strips the club of its best players and leaves Steve Komphela in a tricky spot.

The Dube Birds' form in recent weeks has seen them plummet down the DStv Premiership log, and they sit just six points above second-from-bottom Richards Bay FC.

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Moroka Swallows held to 'ransom'

Sports Brief recently reported on the club's chairman claiming the players were holding Swallows to ransom.

David Mogashoa stated that the players wanted to be paid early, something that the club is not obligated to do.

The punishment looming for Swallows can range from a large fine, a points reduction, or even league expulsion.

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Jarryd Westerdale
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.