Bloemfontein Celtic’s striking players will honour their Absa Premiership fixture against Maritzburg United at Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday‚ 23 September 2018, club Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Khumbulani Konco has said.
Konco‚ who admitted on radio this week that Celtic is in a state of chaos‚ was adamant that the club’s striking players would honour the fixture even though he has had no such assurance from them.
The CEO‚ who said he has remained not involved in negotiations by debt-ridden club owner Max Tshabalala to sell the club to business people Sinki Leshababane and Moeketsi Mosola‚ which have since stalled‚ said he believed Celtic’s players would turn out for the match.
The players have been on strike since Monday‚ protesting the failed sale of the club.
Some have threatened to terminate their contracts if the club remains under the ownership of Tshabalala‚ who is reportedly in a total of R60 million debt and has struggled for months to pay players’ and officials’ salaries.
“We have to play on Sunday‚” Konco said on Friday afternoon.
“The players are on strike. There haven’t really been meetings between the players and management because we know what they’re striking for‚ and it’s not like a strike where you’re negotiating 6% or something like that.”
“Let’s just say we’re going to play on Sunday‚ [even though] those players are still on strike.”
“It will be a first team. I believe we can convince the players to play. Obviously there’s a bigger picture and I don’t think the players would stoop that low,” Konco hoped.
The match will be live on Sunday, 23 September 2018, on SABC 1 at 15h00.