Some Mbabane Swallows players caused a stir on Friday when they threatened not to play the team?s last fixture against Mbabane Highlanders after demanding more money.
The players, it has been gathered, are demanding that the team should give them more money after they were given their incentives last week Friday.
The highest paid players each got E15 000, while the least paid received E7000 incentives. Two of the team?s senior players have been accused of mobilising the rest to revolt against the team.
Apparently, the two players were not happy with what they received, despite the fact that they were amongst the highly paid, and influenced the others to revolt.
?What irks the club is that the very same two players behind all this accepted their incentives last week and were very happy. No one complained to the team but suddenly they give the team an ultimatum and vow not to play against Highlanders if they are not given the E5000 more per player,? a source told MTNFootball.
?Imagine how this felt like to the team?s boss? He felt betrayed, especially after doing so much for the players. Expect drastic action this week.?
The team?s boss Victor ?Maradona? Gamedze, in his address to the players after their training on Friday, reminded them that as a team they were not forced to give them incentives.
?Incentives are just a token of appreciation for the services you render for the team because you are paid monthly. We will not tolerate players who are not disciplined in this club. No player will be allowed to destroy the team. We will not allow that to happen,? said the Birds boss.
?In any case, I had told you to choose between getting monthly salaries or sharing everything you win, but not being paid monthly. It is your choice,? he added.
Swallows are also arguing that they spent more money in running the team than what they collected in prizes, despite winning everything on offer with the exception of the Swazi Telecom Charity Cup Spectacular.