Celtic players go on strike

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The pay dispute at the Premier Soccer League club, Bloemfontein Celtic, continued on Monday as the players went on strike.

The players refused to train today and not everyone in the squad had received their salaries.

A source within the club informed Courant that they players will only return to the training field once everyone has been paid.

“Players refused to train today (Monday) due to a salary is dispute. Not all players are paid and they said they will only return when everyone is paid.

“For coaches it’s been three months now, the situation is bad here.

“It is starting to affect the families now and disrupting the preparation for the upcoming season with the new coach.”

Throughout the 2017/18 PSL campaign the players went on strike due to wages and ultimately saw the former coach, Veselin Jelušić, resigning and leaving the club after a season in charge.

This led to Celtic contracting the former Kaizer Chiefs coach, Steve Komphela.

The club’s chairman, Max Tshabalala, recently indicated that the club is up for sale and caused uproar when it was reported that an anonymous Kimberley businessman wanted to buy the club.

Supporters feared that the club would be relocated to the Northern Cape and this lead to protests, and the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, Olly Mlamleli, stepping in to mediate.

The Premier Soccer League recently confirmed that the 2018/19 season will kick off during the first weekend of August.-  MORGAN PIEK