Bidvest Wits strike called off after crunch talks

07 Aug, 2020 - 00:08 0 Views
Bidvest Wits strike called off after crunch talks Gavin Hunt


Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has confirmed that issues have now been ironed out between the players and the club’s new owners following talk of a strike.

Wits players were said to be looking at striking ahead of the PSL re-start this weekend as some players grew increasingly frustrated at the uncertainty surrounding their futures.

The well documented take-over of Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, who plan to relocate the club to Limpopo, had upset many within the camp as they were left out of the loop amid the Bidvest sale negotiations.

However, all this has been put to bed and The Clever Boys are set to run out as expected when they face Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup semi-final at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

“It was well documented, I think. On Monday the new owners and the existing owners came down [to the first team training] and spoke to the players,” Hunt confirmed during his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

“Obviously a lot of things were aired and spoken about, and I think that they pretty much came to an agreement on a few things.

“But I think on these types of these, it’s got to be done individually, so I think it will be done now, and that was the biggest concern.

“So, individual cases will be handled with the new owner and their agents, and obviously they’ll take it from there – are they keeping them or they going or selling them, etc. I think there was a lot of uncertainty around those types of things and a lot of them were cleared up on Monday, so ja… I’ve also spoken to most of the players individually, trying to give them the best guidance.

“Obviously I’m trying to help them get clubs, which is the most important thing – try and get clubs and play, and make the right decisions, not just for money but the right decisions.”

Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs are looking into the controversial matter allegedly involving their football manager Bobby Motaung.

Motaung has been accused of contravening South Africa’s lockdown regulations after apparently being pictured at a house party.

There is a video circulating on social media of what looks like the Amakhosi top boss standing in a lounge talking to another man while four women dance and smoke a shisha pipe.

It is not known who was with Motaung in the video, whether the women were with him or just there, or at which location the party took place.

“We are looking into this and any other transgressions by the members of the club,” Chiefs communications manager Vina Maphosa tells

“The relevant offices will deal with that internally. We are committed to promoting measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.”-Kickoff.

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