It is a rather curious case this one of Itumeleng Khune especially considering the fact that he is the best goalkeeper in the Premier Soccer League and also considering the fact that he was holding out for a better wage as opposed to the case in England where such cases would occur when there is another club that is interested.
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For Khune, being someone who was on the higher end of the scale to seek a better wage, it could mean that he was being selfish or oblivious to the status quo considering that South African football players are not being paid enough in general. However when looking at wages it is important to take into consideration the bottom end of the scale as well. As such when one considers that there are some players who earn R5k per month in the same league where other players are demanding R400k per month, this also leads one to question the structure off distribution off TV rights similar to the current situation in Spain.
Why is it that clubs that the clubs on the higher echelons of PSL can afford to pay players so much and clubs at the bottom cannot?
Secondly why is it that a player of Khunes experience and calibre cannot find a club locally and internationally to meet his wage demands?
Khune, 28 has won it all and at his age he is, for a goalkeeper now only looking at entering his prime and is only halfway in his career and was the captain of his team.
The obvious question aside from the ones above is that why has it taken so long for Kaizer Chiefs to finally reach an agreement with him?
If this continues to be the case then we are heading towards unions being involved in football in years to come. We may find ourselves with a situation where just like in other industries workers or footballers are striking for better wages.
Even more concerning is the fact that there was no transfer fee involved for the potential move of Khune and communication between all stakeholders being Amakosi and the Khune camp seemed at one point to be through media outlets.
Should his agent not have lined up a deal locally or internationally for the Bafana star prior to the expiry of his contract?
There are questions that arise over all involved in the saga. Perhaps local football is still maturing and we should give it time.
With this situation in local football it will be a long time before Bafana regain their acclaim as the best team in Africa.