De Sa slams transfer 'madness'
Johannesburg - Bidvest Wits coach Roger de Sa has launched a stinging tirade on
the PSL's three richest clubs, describing their dealings in the transfer
market as "money madness".
The Students boss claims Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and
Mamelodi Sundowns have tarnished local football's transfer system by
offering exorbitant salaries and transfer fees which can hardly be
matched by the less illustrious Premiership outfits.
"They've got money to waste," De Sa told The Sowetan regarding the trio, "and boy, do they waste it at times."
The Clever Boys tactician highlighted the fate of Tefu Mashamaite
as a warning to players who are lured to clubs by financial gain, with
the former Wits captain and defender having joined Chiefs only to see
his once promising career stagnate on the sidelines.
"I don't think this money madness of making the rich richer and
the poor poorer does South African soccer any good because in many
instances players of ability are lured by the huge amount of money
offered to them - only to find their careers have taken a nosedive by
making that move.
"Tefu was not only hailed far-and-wide as a great success when he
captained Wits while marshaling our defence but he was also spoken of
as a potential Bafana captain of the future, as well as enjoying a
glowing academic career at the university," the coach added.
"Where is he now? Wallowing in the Chiefs reserve team."
Wits also saw another skipper, Sifiso Myeni, lured away from the
Bidvest Stadium in the January transfer window as Pirates reportedly
offered the player three-times what Roger de Sa had been put on the
table, plus a massive signing bonus believed to be in the region of
"Contrary to a lot of the comments that have been bandied about,
we have never encouraged any of our top players to leave the club," De
"As for Myeni's move to Pirates, it was simply the player's wish.
We were ready to offer him a new contract when his present contract
expired at the end of the season and pay him a good deal more than he is