Players' relief funds paid at slow pace

There has been a slow pace to the payment of players from the government’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Some clubs said the players had started receiving funds but the process was slow.

In May, the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Tumiso Rakgare said the government had set aside P70 million for the coronavirus (COVID-19) relief package.

Rakgare said his ministry would pay P2,500 to players in the Premier League from the 16 clubs and P1,500 to the 24 First Division League clubs.

The fund was to pay each of the 25 players and other full time employees such as coaches and administrators. The payments are for the months of April, May and June. This was meant to ease the burden on the clubs that were already feeling the pinch of the pandemic. However, a month since the announcement, some players have not had their share of the cake.

Township Rollers president, Jagdish Shah said not all the players have received the payments while the foreign contingent has benefited. Rollers, however, received the money from the

company’s wage subsidy.

Extension Gunners spokesperson, Gerald Mahumba said the players have not received the money, but were expecting the deposits.

Notwane players’ accounts were credited, according to public relations officer, Mogomotsi ‘Ace’ Orapeleng.

But some players have already received their share.

Orapa United’s public relations officer, Kabo William said all the members of both the technical and playing staff have benefited from the relief fund.

“Yes the players have been paid, even the foreign players got something from the FA (Botswana Football Association),” he said.

Security Systems’ spokesperson, Zolani Kraai said the players benefited from the wage subsidy relief from Systems, the company, not the club.

“As Systems we did not take that direction, we did not apply for our players to get the relief fund,” he said.

“We submitted as Systems the company and all our players benefited from that, since they are employees of Systems the company. We have never had an issue of non-payments during this period.”




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