Mapoe still not in Bloem

2010-08-16 20:13

Bloemfontein - Free State Cheetahs wing Lionel Mapoe faces an uncertain future after failing to return to Bloemfontein after losing his contractual dispute with his provincial team.

Mapoe, who was the subject of an arbitration hearing in Bloemfontein last weekend after he requested a move from the Cheetahs to the Sharks and his union refused, was dealt a blow last week when the hearing ruled in favour of the Cheetahs and ordered him to rejoin his team.

The wing had been training in Durban illegally with the Sharks while still under contract to the Cheetahs and has not arrived back at the Bloemfontein base of the team.

The Cheetahs will now consider “other options” according to Free State President Harold Verster, and Mapoe may find himself facing a monetary claim for the breach of contract.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske confirmed to that Mapoe had not arrived.

“He hasn’t reported as we expected and we have had no word as to when he will get here,” Drotske told

“Lionel was supposed to report to us already, but we have no idea when that will happen.”

Verster added that a letter had been issued to the player to demand he presents himself to honour his contract.

“We have sent the letter out and if he doesn’t comply, then we will have to look at other options. I can’t say at this moment what these are, but we will consider them if the situation presents itself.”

Mapoe wasn’t available for comment but his agent, Jan-Harm van Wyk told he was waiting word from the Sharks as to the next step.

“There isn’t much new to report, Lionel doesn’t want to go back to Bloemfontein. I’m waiting to see what will happen next but he will probably have to present himself at the Cheetahs at some stage. The Sharks will be getting back to me soon on how they see the future now that the arbitration has been completed.”

Either way Mapoe, who was due to play again last week after overcoming injury, may well be on the sidelines until his contract runs out at the end of next year if he doesn’t sort this out soon.


  • The Shark - 2010-08-16 20:25

    Come on Mapoe, The Law is the law. you lost your court case fair and square, now you have to deal with the consequences and head back to Bloem to see out your contract with them. Its only another few months before that expires, then you're free to sign with whoever you want, without all this hassle. It can't be that bad..

  • Geoff - 2010-08-16 21:03

    @The Shark. Ja it can't be that bad. After his dispute, the Cheetahs were gracious enough to INCREASE his salary to a whopping R150,000 a year, while the Sharks are willing to pay him R1,000,000 a year. And his contract runs until October 2011. So in a ten year career he has to spend two years playing for a minimum wage and will lose out on R1,700,000. Maybe he should ask the Cheetahs to let him play where he wants to and he'll pay the Cheetahs his salary. Then he'll still be up R1,700,000.

  • bulawayo-based-bok - 2010-08-16 22:53

    why just play a few Currie Cup games half-heartedly and annoy your team mates in the "end of the season" the end of the CC? if so then he will most likely just stay in the wilderness and play for the sharks in the super 14!

  • FD - 2010-08-16 23:43

    Slap him with a FAT fine. These guys earn about R500kpa, Fine him 50%.

  • 06 - 2010-08-17 06:47

    Come on man, don't be low class and stupid! A contract is a contract!

  • Steve - 2010-08-17 07:20

    The Cheetahs should just claim the breach of contract from him and let him go, his head has gotten to big. The Sharks should also look at this and think to themselves "WHAT WILL HE DO WHEN THE NEXT OFFER COMES??" If he isn't careful nobody will want to sign him. I do think he is a good player but there is a line.

  • @FD - 2010-08-17 10:38

    You really have not been paying attention have you?

  • @FD - 2010-08-17 10:44

    FD Lionel wants to move because the Cheetahs are paying him minimum wage for a currie cup player and he is worth alot more he doesnt getto R500kpa if you dont know anything shut the hell up dude the unions moan about working with guys from school level but then they pay them peanuts for the first couple off years!i will defnitly also be unhappy

  • Bigbratz - 2010-08-17 12:32

    I hope he stays away form the Sharks!! John has all the best players already!

  • phil - 2010-08-17 12:34

    Contracts are there for a reason. And they are usually negotiated (by the agent): the province wants to pay as little as possible and the player wants as much as possible and they get a figure that is acceptable to both parties. So, the agent messed up and got a raw deal for a talented player. If the Sharks really want him, they should buy him out from the Cheetahs. This is the way things happen in a professional world. And breaching terms of a contract is not professional…

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-08-17 15:49

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  • @ Phil - 2010-08-17 15:54

    I agree with you Phil... but then the Cheetahs should be paid according to what his contract is worth with them. You can't pay a player min wage (as a player) but expect another union to pay millions should they wish to use his services. What's fair is fair.... and I do feel that his agent messed up (That is if he had an agent at the time he signed his contract) O well let's hope this issue gets resolved as soon as possible. I'm sad to say that the Sharks should have followed the Bulls example and backed off.

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