Cape Town - Minister of Sport and Recreation of South Africa Fikile Mbalula reveals that Orlando Pirates did not receive any bonus for their CAF Confederation Cup participation.
The Sea Robbers arrived on Wednesday morning at OR Tambo following the 2-1 aggregate defeat against Etoile du Sahel in Tunisia.
According to the Mbalula's official Twitter account, the minister set the record straight after Mickey Modisane, spokesperson of the Sport and Recreation of South Africa, announced the players will receive a cash bonus for the hard work in the CAF tournament.
“CORRECTION: no player of any club received a Bonus from my office for Confed finals,” said Mbalula.
“The team in question received an Ministerial Excellence Recognition Award from the Sport Awards before the finals. That wasn't a Bonus.
“The SA Sport Awards were broadcasted on National TV, everyone heard my address and saw when I recognized individuals and teams.
“Arrest any outraged - it's misinformed and misdirected. I Thank You.
“Mickey Modisane was not mandated to go to the airport or speak on my behalf - I'm from the home of Mr Sindani to offer our condolences.”