Currie Cup

Mapoe saga continues

2010-10-04 06:59
Lionel Mapoe (Gallo)
Rudolph Lake

Johannesburg – Lionel Mapoe’s unhappiness with the Cheetahs stems from his salary package - and the saga over whether he has a valid contract with the Free State or not and will be joining the Sharks, is still a long way from over.

Mapoe’s legal team on Thursday brought an application for leave to appeal against the judgement by the Free State High Court that the wing has a valid contract with the Cheetahs and cannot play for the Sharks.

However, the High Court is in recess until 11 October and a date to hear Mapoe’s application for leave to appeal can only be set then.

Until that time the South African sevens player is not compelled to report for duty in Bloemfontein.

Mapoe has been training with the Sharks in Durban for a month amid the tug-of-war over his services between them and Free State.

In 2007, he was paid only R60 000 per year to play for the Cheetahs. Free State increased his salary to R220 000 per year by the end of 2008 after he had played for the national sevens team.

Players with “similar experience and talent” were paid up to R750 000 by the Cheetahs to remain in Bloemfontein.

The Sharks are willing to pay Mapoe R100 000 per month for his services.

Should Mapoe be successful in gaining leave to appeal, the case could still drag on for months and it may have a negative effect on his Springbok touring ambitions.

Mapoe, who last played in the Super 14 on 20 March, is on the shortlist of the national selectors.

Free State recently refused to release Mapoe for the SA sevens side after the team’s coach, Paul Treu, requested that he be released for the Commonwealth Games.

Free State indicated that they would like to involve Mapoe in their Currie Cup plans as soon as possible once the case between them and Sharks has been concluded.

Read more on:    currie cup  |  lionel mapoe  |  cheetahs

CJ's move to France off?

2014-08-01 20:35


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 @04:00
  • SS4
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 @05:00
  • SS5
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 @05:59
  • SS7
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 @06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

08 August 2014
Eastern Province Kings v Western Province, Port Elizabeth 19:10
09 August 2014
Griquas v Sharks, Kimberley 15:00
Golden Lions v Blue Bulls, Johannesburg 17:05
Pumas v Free State Cheetahs, Nelspruit 19:10
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS

Who will be crowned 2014 Currie Cup champions?

Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.