TTM find themselves once again in the firing line for not paying their players for months now. This past weekend, Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila was eliminated from the Nedbank qualifiers via a 7-1 thrashing against All Stars and that result is probably a direct repercussion of the problems surrounding the club.
According to reports TTM players have not been training since November 2022. Ever since TTM bought Bidvest Wits they have been having problems with the financial side of the game. The issue affects the players and staff in many ways. Some players are breadwinners in their homes, and they have to take care of not only their children but also their parents. These issues can cause health problems, undue stress and depression for the players.
Former Bafana Bafana and AmaZulu FC striker George Dearnaley said mental health is an issue that affects everyone and especially those who are under pressure and in this case professional footballers.
“I think mental health issues affect everyone and those who are under media scrutiny every week, probably have more stress than most. Professional sports are all about managing pressure and stress. Game after game, dealing with confidence and results. That’s why it is vital that athletes have something else to switch off from the pressure. A hobby or studying or family, these distractions help you switch off. I am helping two players from TTM that haven’t been paid for over 6 months. They are stressed, and the PSL doesn’t seem to care about how clubs treat their players. That is a massive issue that is not being discussed locally”, Dearnaley told Thisisfootball.Africa.
“There are some players who have not been paid since December 2021. Broken promises, lies, and more lies. It is a disgrace to South African Football,” he said.
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