De Sa slams transfer 'madness'

2012-02-13 11:48

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 R1-million.

"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 Sa added.

"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 earning now."


  • Xoli - 2012-02-13 13:37

    Shu up, nobody said your club should be poor...

      Tshifhiwa - 2012-02-13 15:18

      De sa is a bitter man, overseas players earn millions a week. his biggest problemm is that Black players are earning big bucks.

      Su - 2012-02-15 17:25

      They are a university team Xoli so of course they wont have the fire power of the big guns.

  • hloni.theko - 2012-02-14 14:02

    Mr De Sa, being a footballer is a career which has a very limited windows for the individuals involved. It should be a soccer player's prerogative to maximise on their earning potential while they still have those options available to them. We often are quick to ridicule SA players when they are poor after their careers are finished yet coaches do not want them to earn as much as the market allows them to earn. Perhaps it is time so called smaller clubs started to market themselves to the soccer loving public and in time convert themselves into commercially viable entities. This will make them attractive for players to build their long term careers and the club will have the means to mach the ambitions of its players.

  • Su - 2012-02-15 17:23

    I agree with Mr De Sa this time and about this. Look at the likes of Keegan Ritchie, let me rephrase that, look for Keegan Richie tonight in the Amakhosi game. I have only seen him start twice, maybe three times this season. He left a brilliant career with the Dube Birds with lots of game time to join KC where he doesnt even warm the bench anymore. Come on Gordon, take him back. Shame!

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