We would like to thank all who have worked hard over the years to make these negotiations a success. To the founder fathers of SAFPU we congratulate you for displaying the courage, vision and insight to form this organisation. To the previous leadership we say thank you for the work you did and sacrifices you made and for passing the baton to the next generations of leaders. We have achieved this through your efforts and your continued support.
To the current leadership, thank you for steering the ship and weathering many storms that we have faced together. The saying that “there is strength in unity” has been proven true and thank you all for your sacrifices and the genuine care you have displayed for your fellow players, thank you Gentlemen!
A special thanks to the negotiating team of Mr. Cappy Matutoane, a founding member who has been there throughout the years until now, Mr. Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe and myself for this great achievement in the history of our organisation and our football.
To the players, the past players and current players, we thank you for your continued patience as we wrestle through the issues with our counterparts… The document we are signing today will enable us to negotiate and enter into a collective bargaining agreement on a number of issues affecting our players and many of these have gone on for
We would like to thank the PSL chairman and his executive for making history in this point in time and making this a reality indeed. The PSL is a Giant indeed and a true giant you see by the strength of its children and we see this step as a big leap towards a better future for players and for football.
Our work as the union is still much, as the bigger picture is to achieve the total well-being of our players, well into their retirement, A quest we are yet to achieve. For us to achieve this feat and in order to realize some of the very crucial objectives, we need all stakeholders to unite behind one banner.
There are four measures we would like to set our targets on in order to achieve this mammoth task: A Career Transition Program to assist players in re-skilling them for other careers after football. A group retirement scheme which should be implemented as soon as possible and as a pre-requisite for participating in the NSL.
A benevolent system to act as a safety net for athletes in the event of extreme hardship or special need. With India, a developing country like ours being one of the shining examples. Fourth, a special tax infrastructure for sports people that will take into consideration their shorter careers. We entreat the football authorities and the clubs to see the plight of our heroes and make a change for the better. There is too much at stake to turn a blind eye.
The time has come for our footballers to be recognised for the great contribution they have made to our football and to the country to date, and continue to make in their individual capacities. Let us pave a new and dignified future for our footballers. Let the past generation be the last of the doomed generation of footballers.