PSL star: God will protect our salaries

Premiership

A loaned-out Orlando Pirates player believes God will protect the PSL from salary cuts and job losses despite what is happening in around the world.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced players at top European clubs like Barcelona and Arsenal to take salary cuts to help their clubs stay financially stable during the worldwide lockdowns.

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Top PSL clubs bosses have been warning that Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship teams are not safe from this trend either.

Stan Matthews, Brad Kaftel and Floyd Mbele have all indicated to this website that similar measures might have to be taken in the PSL as administrators will have no choice if they want to stay afloat.

Sponsorship money is also likely to be pulled first, according to Mbele, while many teams already don't have enough sponsors.

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But Gladwin Shitolo, who is loan from Orlando Pirates, prefers not to stress about it and is praying it doesn't reach that level in South Africa.

"We are not worried about that but we are praying for things to be okay for everyone. We are praying there shouldn't be things like that," Shitolo tells KickOff.com.

"I believe God will help us. God will preserve our salaries. I believe he will preserve everything for us. There will be no changes in the PSL. Things will stay the same as it was before.

"I prefer the season to be concluded because there are teams that are in a good position to win the league, others are fighting for top eight just like us. We have goals to finish in the top four and it's possible."

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Footballers have been forced to keep training in their backyards, which is not ideal, but Shitolo believes with the programme they were given at Arrows, it will not be too difficult to return to match-fitness.

"I think it won't take long for us to be match-fit, because we've been in a season remember and we've been given a programme to work on at home," he adds.

"They make sure we stay fit. Our fitness trainer keeps on checking up on us, so I think it can take us a week or two to be ready and get back to the fitness we were in."

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