HARARE – Bernard Marriot, the secretary of Dynamos’ board of trustees, has castigated the club’s players for “holding the club to ransom” as the impasse between the two parties entered its second day yesterday.
The DeMbare players are demanding a 60-40 share of the total prize money of $175 000 the club pocketed for lifting the 2012 Castle Premiership and the Mbada Diamonds Cup.
This means the players are entitled to at least $70 000 from the kitty while the club bosses have remained adamant they are prepared to part with $60 000.
Marriot and finance director Robson Rundaba yesterday held a meeting with club captain Desmond Maringwa as well as senior players David Kutyauripo, George Magariro and Murape Murape at the club’s training base at Raylton Sports Club.
After the meeting, Marriot told the Daily News they had reminded the players to be grateful for what the club is offering compared to other local clubs.
“We told the players they did a very good job in the just-ended season by retaining both the league and Mbada Diamonds Cup so they deserve a pat on the back for their efforts,” the club founding member said.
“At the same time we are not going to allow the players to hold us at ransom and demand unreasonable monies. We have been very considerate and gave them an offer that we felt was very good for the two trophies they won this season.”
Marriot added: “As a board we were surprised by the players’ move of rushing to the press to cry that the club has refused to honour its promise. Compared to the rest of the other PSL teams, Dynamos is probably one of the best-paying clubs. Our players never went for months without their salaries or winning bonuses.
All their monies were paid on time and we do not have any outstanding payments owed to the players.
“Even when we have outstanding payments owed to players, we have come out in the open and admitted that we owe our players such an amount.”
The long-serving club director said the Glamour Boys have allocated the prize money accordingly to cater for the players’ bonuses, debts as well as transfer and signing-on fees for new players.
“At Dynamos we make our decisions collectively both at board and executive level,” said Marriot.
“We sat down and agreed as a club that this is the money that should go towards the players’ bonuses while the remainder will go to service debts.
“There was also a need to budget for the money to buy new players and pay signing-on fees for those players whose contracts are running out. This is how clubs the world over are run.
“The players are the ones who generate money by winning trophies and that money is used to invest back in the club by buying new players.
“It does not mean that all the money a club generates should go to pay players’ bonuses.”
A representative of the players however, told the Daily News they were not going to come down on their demands and will continue pressing on.
“The impasse will not end until the club agrees to our demands and we are not going to start training again until this issue is resolved,” said the player.
“There is another meeting scheduled with the club tomorrow (today) and we hope that they are going to accept our demands.”