Roggert Nyundu engages SAFPU on Polokwane City dispute
Posted: 7 July 2015 Time: 19:28
Underpaid, unsettled striker Roggert Nyundu has engaged the South African Football Players’ Union (SAFPU) as he seeks to resolve his contractual dispute with Polokwane City.
Nyundu – who was earning a depressing R5 000 a month at Polokwane – insists his contract with the Limpopo club expired on June 30 while the club remains adamant that he still has another year remaining.
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The forceful forward scored an impressive 19 goals while on loan at Black Leopards during the second half of the past season, igniting massive interest in his services which has fuelled the disagreement and threatened to put his career on hold.
SAFPU are now due to get a copy of his contract from the PSL before next Tuesday as they seek to settle the matter.
This website has in the meantime gathered that the 27-year-old is due to start training with another club this week after choosing not to return to Polokwane for pre-season.
“According to what I know, my contract expired on June 30 and I fail to understand why they now claim I have another season. I have no contract with Polokwane,” a fuming Nyundu tells KickOff.com.
“How can they say I have a contract with them when I don’t even know how much I will be earning? How is that possible?” he asks.
“I don’t understand how a club that wanted to dump me in their feeder team – which plays in the ABC Motsepe League at the beginning of the year – now shifts goalposts.
“Before I eventually found my way to Black Leopards they actually wanted to send me to a ABC Motsepe League team, which proves that they just didn’t want me anymore.
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“Right now they are claiming I have a contract yet I know for a fact that they will not meet whatever I will ask for, even if it does happen that I go back there.
“I have suffered enough and all I want is just to be able to go and fend for my family elsewhere. I cannot allow myself to continue in an oppressive environment when football is such a short career. I no longer have a contract with them and I need to make hay while the sun shines.
“This is like cheating on your wife and abusing her and then expecting her to run back to you with things continuing in a normal way. It can’t,” he complains.
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Nyundu says while his priority is in playing in the PSL, his heart is not with the Citizens.
“I want to play in the PSL next season for a team that I will make happy and which will also make me happy. I want to do what I did in the First Division for a PSL team. I can still possibly be with a First Division club, as long as I am happy,” he says.
He also sheds light on his failed trials with Norwegian club FK Haugesund, which he attended last month with Sameehg Doutie, who has since joined Indian Super League club Atletico Kolkata.
“After a week of training with them and during which I was scoring goals every day they told us that we are good players but they cannot sign us,” Nyundu reveals.
“Nothing was mentioned about why they cannot sign us and my heart is hurting because of that, they should have at least told us why.”