A former Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper is smiling all the way to the bank after being paid R360 000 for services he rendered while working for his national association.
Ex-Sundowns goalkeeper Ronnie Kanelelo was paid N360 000 (R360 000) by the Namibian Football Association for the role he played when he was assistant coach of the Brave Warriors.
Kanelelo and Ricardo Mannetti – formerly with Santos and who was the head coach of Namibia at the time – were paid similar amounts after the government instructed the NFA to make the payments.
According to The Namibian newspaper, the NFA settle debts owed members of the technical team with Kanelelo confirming his payout for the work he did for the association.
Also paid were former second assistant Collin Benjamin (R300 000), goalkeeper coach Herman Januarie, fitness coach Charl Botha and kit manager Immanuel Mungendje all received R270 000 each.
Technical director Timo Tjongarero was due to get R225 000 but has taken his case to the labour court demanding R3.6-million.
“Our names were on the list before every match. Unless people say we shouldn’t be paid for having worked. I think all of us are happy with what has transpired, maybe only one is taking their issue to the labour court,” Kanelelo is quoted as saying.
Kanalelo started 97 games for Sundowns between 1997 until he retired during the 2004/05 season while Mannetti started 140 games for Santos and Bush Bucks in the PSL from 1997-2006.
Kanelelo's job as assistant of the Brave Warriors is now being done by ex-Kaizer Chiefs wingback Robert Nauseb.
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