Marumo Gallants will be without the services of Tholang Masegela, Aluwani Nedzamba and Simon Mamudzidi after the trio terminated their contracts with the club.
The three players had been initially suspended by the Gallants hierarchy a few weeks ago for undisclosed reasons. Before deciding to now terminate their contracts before a scheduled disciplinary hearing.
South African Football Players Union spokesperson, Calvin Motloung has confirmed that the players have escalated their case to the league to demand their outstanding salaries from Marumo Gallants.
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"We wrote a letter to the club to give them 10 days to pay the players their outstanding salaries before they suspended them," Motloung said.
"The issue here is surrounding nothing else but money owed to the players.
"It's very disturbing that after the players started to demand their money be paid, they were suspended.
"The players have been owed money for around seven or eight months. According to FIFA rules, if a player is not paid his salary for a period of two months, he is free to terminate his contract.
"The players have since terminated their contracts with the club and we have taken the matter to DRC regarding the money owed to them.
This is the latest in a series of controversial incidents that have plagued Marumo Gallants' maiden campaign in the top-flight which saw head coach Migne Sébastien dramatically leave his post due to how the club is being run.