Problems, problems at Witbank Spurs
Posted: 14 April 2019 Time: 09:00
Witbank Spurs say they will not entertain those who say the club is where it is on the National First Division table because of a lack of motivation.
According to a source who was once a member of the Siyavutha technical team, the Mpumalanga side was destined to fail from the beginning of the season.
"It's a lack of motivation, I don't know what's causing it, but there's a lack of motivation," the source tells KickOff.com.
"Even me I could see that motivation was a problem, even myself I wasn't motivated. I remember when he left, one coach told them that they don't have players. They don't have players who can take them up there. That made the owner of the team very angry, because that coach told them straight that the players they have are good for relegation. To the club it was like he demotivated them.
"He said all that not to the players though, but in a meeting. But he wasn't taken seriously because they undermined him. You know when you undermine a person you don't take anything from him. Even the time Sammy Troughton joined, they had a good job, they had a couple of wins... but the quality wasn't there.
"Motivation can be getting your salary on time, secondly is to get your salary in full, those are things that I think are the cause of this disaster because I can say the team was financially constrained. It was not financially stable. For that we cannot blame the owner, we cannot blame anyone, all homes have their own problems. Maybe it's the coaches who failed to do their work... I don't know."
But club CEO Freddy Mabulane argues that a lot is done to motivate the players and says they will rather focus on saving the team from relegation than entertain such negativity.
"That particular person is entitled to have or voice his opinion," says Mabulane.
"We are living in a democratic country, everyone has freedom of speech. When you have problems everyone will have something to say about you, it's normal. Our focus is to save the team, whether we have quality players or not, time will tell.
"People don't know that our players were getting motivation from our partners Sothaba Capital, they used to share R5 000 each even if they lost a game just to lift them up but people don't talk about it, why?
"I don't remember somebody telling us that we have good players to take us to relegation, even Mr [Shakes] Mashaba was happy with the squad, the only thing was to add more under-23s in the team. People must just [do] something to keep them busy [rather] than trying to be popular by talking rubbish in the media. At that time they don't even own a dog."
The Emalahleni-based side are currently rooted to the bottom of the NFD log with 21 points from 26 matches, five points from safety, and on Saturday they host promotion-chasing Mbombela United at Puma Stadium.