Bonus negotiations disrupted the team ahead of the 2008 Nations Cup in Ghana, when some players refused to sign bonus contracts, the 2009 Confederations Cup, and the 2010 World Cup, when the team argued about which senior players should negotiate on their behalf.
Earlier this week the issue reared its head again, when reports suggested Bafana would earn R1-million each if they reached the final. More disruptions would have been the final straw for fans, many of whom are disillusioned with the team after mediocre performances in warm-up matches, but Gordon Igesund said yesterday that the team are not thinking about bonuses right now.
"They said they didn't want to get paid for the first game and they also didn't want to get paid for the second game, even if they win these matches," Igesund said before yesterday’s evening training session at Orlando Stadium.
"They said: 'Let us qualify for the next round and then maybe we can get something'."
Bafana play their first match against Cape Verde on Saturday, followed by matches against Angola and Morocco, and Igesund says it is refreshing to have a team so focused on the football.
"This is probably the first time in the history of the national team to hear players saying they do not want to get paid," Igesund said. "They have shown great character with what is happening."