Covid-19 taking its toll on SA football

Johannesburg – The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a lot of industries suffering. One such industry has been the football industry in South Africa. Cape Town City chairman John Comitis says should this lockdown extend to May, it will affect the soccer season even more. There will be a 20% pay cut across the club.

Comitis says members and technical staff will all be receiving the pay cut. He adds that as the lockdown continues to 20 April or even beyond that the club has committed to paying each member’s full salaries at the end of the month.

They have, however, informed players and staff members that if there is not a resumption of football in May the pay cut will be implemented. Comitis states that as a club, they aim to act responsibly in that they want to ensure to get “everyone to be able to at least put food in the table”.

He adds that “if we do return there would still be some percentage cut across the board including the players”.

The club has had challenges heightened after sponsors such SportPesa indicated that they would no longer be able to fulfill the financial commitments of the 2019/2020 season. This comes after the club was already undergoing some challenges before the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak.

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