E240 000 bounty for SUNDowns players!
MBABANE-Swazi Telecom Charity Cup champions Manzini Sundowns’ players are set to be paid handsomely for snatching the trophy for the second time as they stand a chance to share E240 000.
The ambitious Manzini based outfit narrowly beat Young Buffaloes by 1-0 on Sunday to walk away with the E600 000 first prize. According to the team’s policy, the players are entitled to 40 percent of the prize money in any tournament they win.
The least amount each player is set to pocket is E9 600, depending on their contribution to the team’s success. This means benched players as well as those who failed to make the cut would get the smallest share.
Sundowns Management Committee Chairman, Mark Carmichael disclosed that in as much as they would like to stick to the policy, they were factors they needed to consider as participating in the Charity tournament came with costs, which included the voting exercise.
"As an MC, we will decide on the exact figures when we meet tomorrow (tonight) as there are other costs we have to take into consideration. Chances are we will bring down the figure but I can’t pre-empt our deliberations," he said.
Even though possible adjustments could not be ascertained, it is believed the amount to be shared will not be less than 30 percent.
Sundowns who defended the tournament spent over E500 000 in the voting campaign. The team finished at the summit of the voting standings with over 260 000 votes. Carmichael thanked the throngs of the team’s supporters who came to the venue to be part of the proceedings. "I was humbled to see so many Sundowns fans decorating the stands on the day. We’re thankful to everyone in the team for the support," he said.
It’s E60 000 for coach Dhlakama
MBABANE-Manzini Sundowns coach, Rodwell Dhlakama is set to pocket E60 000 for guiding his side to glory in the Swazi Telecom Charity Cup on Sunday.
Reliably gathered information has revealed that the Zimbabwean born coach’s contract entitles him to walk away with 10 percent of the E600 000 prize money.
Even though team Management Committee Chairman, Mark Carmichael insisted that incentives would only be discussed in a meeting tonight, some insiders stressed the mentor would be paid the said amount.
The soft spoken coach was secretive when drawn for comment on the matter, saying he was not in a position to reveal his contractual terms.
"I’m afraid I can’t say anything on that issue. I have to refer to the contract," he said unconvincingly. Dhlakama has dedicated the trophy to the team’s supporters.
"It was encouraging to see many Sundowns supporters on the stands. There is still a long way to go but I’m happy with the success," he said. Dhlakama who got his first silverware with Sundowns joined the side midway through the past season after the departure of Rodney ‘Stumbo’ Charles.
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