Opperman tells of ‘nightmare’ at Ikapa
Posted: 5 June 2008 Time: 9:36 am
Former youth international defender Ashley Opperman has declared that he is never going back to First Division Coastal Stream side Ikapa Sporting after encountering what he claims was ‘a nightmarish financial experience’.
Opperman says initially he thought moving back home to Cape Town would be great, but in the end it has just brought misery.
“I am definitely not going back to Ikapa, trust my word,” declares Opperman. “Even if Ikapa was my last option, I would not go back there because of what they have put me through.
“Why should I go back to a team that believes it is alright to pay players half a salary for April and then not pay them anything for May because the season ended prematurely?
“No thanks, I am done with Ikapa. I am not the only player who will not be returning there and I just thank God that I will be out of whatever contract I still have at the end of June,” says Opperman.
The 25-year-old defender, who joined Ikapa from Moroka Swallows last year in August, says he may return to Gauteng.
“Given a choice I would opt to go back to Johannesburg because there is more exposure for players there. And preferably, I would still want to play in the PSL again but the First Division is also still fine, if I get the right offer.
“Not only have I experienced tough off-the-field things, like not being paid, but I have learnt that football in the First Division is difficult. The game is played at great speed all the time. You have to think quickly and play fast otherwise you will be in trouble,” he says.
Having moved through the Seven Stars and then Ajax Cape Town juniors ranks, Opperman made his PSL debut with the Urban Warriors during the 2000-01 season as a teenager.