SAFPU to host a tournament for out of contract players
SAFPU (SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTBALL PLAYERS UNION) IS HOSTING A TOURNAMENT FOR OUT OF CONTRACT PLAYERS ON 15 & 16 JULY 2016 AT DOBSONVILLE STADIUM
SAFPU has been appointed by FIFPro Division Africa to host the Tournament for out-of-contract players. This tournament will take place at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on the 15th & 16th July 2016.
“This tournament will provide an opportunity for these players so that they can showcase their skills to teams with the aim of being signed for the new football season” says Tebogo Munyai, SAFPU Acting President.
The players work when they play for a team. This happens when they have been signed so that they can earn a living. What players use is their talent through which they contribute to the economy and form part of the employed workforce. Football is not entertainment only, it is a job for those who play it professionally.
Beyond a tournament of great football by players from Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Botswana, this is a platform for the players to demonstrate their prowess and hopefully attract the eyes of scouts and coaches who will grace the occasion.
The players participating will represent FIFPro Division Africa members from South Africa (Host), Zimbabwe, DRC and Botswana. These members are the unions affiliated to the 68000 global powerhouse that is FIFPro.
This tournament will take place in Soweto in Dobsonville Stadium, South Africa over 2 days during the period 15 & 16 July 2016. The tournament will be played as follows:
Day 1 (Fri, 15 July 2016): 2 matches
• Team 1 vs Team 2 (11h00 – 13h00)
• Team 3 vs Team 4 (14h00 – 16h00)
Day 2 (Sat, 16 July 2016)
• Loser’s Final (11h00 – 13h00)
• Final (14h00 – 16h00)
“Whilst teams will exercise their options in terms of contractual obligations they have towards the players, the players are most vulnerable at this moment as they may be facing a bleak season without income. SAFPU is organizing this tournament as part of our understanding of supporting and creating opportunities for these members to be seen, to impress and be signed” says Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe, General Secretary of SAFPU
In 2015, SAFPU organized a similar tournament where 4 teams from South Africa were playing against each other. That tournament resulted in 10 of the players being signed up by the teams in the PSL and the NFD.