Advice for all players: Learn from Munetsi

GladAfrica Championship

Ex-Orlando Pirates midfielder Marshall Munetsi is an example to all players after once being paid a pittance, yet he now plays against the likes of Neymar.

The former Pirates and Baroka defensive midfielder recently secured himself a new deal at Ligue 1 outfit Stade de Reims after impressing in his debut season in France.

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With Royal Eagles experiencing financial troubles as most of the playing personnel struggle to receive their monthly salaries on time, club CEO Morgan Mammila advises his players to learn from Muntesi.

"People think running a team is easy is simple," Mammila tells KickOff.com.

"Not everyone has got money. And these problems they haven't started now. It has been there for quite some time. And we must not run away from this problem [and say] that because people don't have money they mustn't be in football.

"For a player to be successful, you start from zero and you go up. If you are good enough you can earn R3 000 this season, and next season you will earn R70 000. Remember, if you are good, PSL teams will see you and they will sign you.

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"Remember, you are not doing anyone a favour. Remember, this is a platform [GladAfrica Championship]. There are so many teams where players are not getting paid, so many. It's more about encouraging them to work hard so that they can break through and be seen by other PSL teams.

"So whether salary or no salary, because I respect football, I respect PSL, I must make sure that the team plays all the matches and honours all the fixtures. Just imagine all of us at Royal Eagles seeing the team out of relegation, I'm telling you, most of you guys [players] will attract PSL contracts. That's the only part I'm playing to make sure that the players are happy.

"Money-wise, we all know that we all don't have money. I have always given the example of Marshall Munetsi. That boy was a workaholic, disciplined, he was working hard all the time. He was earning little that time; he was not earning enough. He was one of the people who were earning less money at the time he was with FC Cape Town and Baroka.

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"Remember when we signed him for Baroka, we loaned him from Pirates. When he was offered to us, I said this is a good player, I know. But he proved himself that you can start small, and where is he now? Those guys who were earning double his salary, where are they now?

"Same applies to Percy Tau, he played in NFD. And to be honest, most NFD teams are not run professionally. They don't have the basics of running a football team."

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