Thanda offer team incentives

2009-03-27 15:23

Durban - Thanda Royal Zulu has come up with what they believe is an innovative master plan to help them escape from the drop zone even though their chances of survival appears slightly more than 50 percent at this late stage of the season.

Followers of the local game might point fingers at bottom positioned Bay United as dead certainty to go down to the lower division, perhaps even second bottom positioned Bloemfontein Celtic for that matter.

But such has been their free-fall since their inspirational captain Bernard Parker departed for the Serbian league where he has joined Red Star Belgrade that betting against them being sucked into the quagmire would be akin to throwing your money away.

The club’s management is also aware that the situation does not just look gloomy, but their very status is at stake and has come up with mouth watering incentives they hope will inspire the squad to play above themselves in their remaining six matches!

Royal Zulu is two points above relegation but they have been so inconsistent that if they fumble in their next game away to Moroka Swallows at the Germiston Stadium on April 5 and Bloemfontein Celtic repeat their giant killing feat against Orlando Pirates on the same day, they could be sucked into the whirlpool.

“Management has offered the players a whooping R10 000 each winning bonus,” revealed our source. “They are aware that the club is in serious trouble but certainly R10 000 per player for a win could inspire the players to play their socks off in their remaining six matches.”

The amount if certainly a tidy figure, but Royal Zulu have one of the toughest and unenviable run-ins that for the players to really earn that money, they need to sweat blood against their next six opponents.

After Swallows in Germiston, they travel to Goble Park three days later where they meet a Free State Stars outfit that gobble-up their foes at this compact venue and then line-up against a Mamelodi Sundowns outfit that has just fired their erratic French coach and will most likely be out to prove a point.

It does not end there as they then hit the road for a showdown against Ajax Cape Town at Newlands on April 23 and a fortnight later, are home to Platinum Stars before wrapping up their programme with a home fixture against traditional rivals Maritzburg United on May 9.