BY EFT REPORTER
The name ‘Sikhali’ is associated with a rain of goals, but this time it will rain money as he is set to get two salaries a month in the upcoming season for the next two years.
Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa signed for MTN reigning champions Green Mamba last year on a three-year contract. He was signed from Mbabane Highlanders where he scored 23 goals and was also named MTN player of the season. He got the same award twice while he was playing for their arch-rivals Mbabane Swallows. The Sihlangu marksman recently got employed as a Correctional Services officer as he was among the hundreds of other warders that passed out at Matsapha about two weeks ago.
This means that the goal king is now a civil servant which comes with a salary of around E10 000.
It was reported that ‘Sikhali’ as he is affectionately known by many was given an E150 000 signing-on fee by his current club with a salary of around E20 000. He has already serviced a year of his contract.
This means that he will receive plus or minus E480 000 over the remaining two years of the contract.
Mandla Sibiya, Green Mamba’s spokesperson was reached for comment, “the contract stands because it is law binding. The contract is a law on its own so you cannot break it.” He was then pressed to confirm that the player will receive two salaries a month and he pleaded with this publication not to elaborate because contractual issues were between the employer and employee. He also pointed out that such matters attracted unnecessary attention from other stakeholders.
“This does not only attract controversy within the sports circles but with government as well.”
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He, however, acknowledged that in the future an idea of adding certain clauses within the contract may be necessary in the cases of such prevail. He also acknowledged that when there was a possibility of the player getting employment (as a warder), their contract should be short-term.
Sibiya, nonetheless, highlighted that the way he crafted contracts was most favourable to the team as well due to the lessons he learnt during the Covid-19 pandemic period. The Sports Desk tried to engage the player in vain. He hung up when phoned. We sent him a WhatsApp message and he said he was a bit busy. Later he asked that we communicate via WhatsApp and we sent him questions which he then ignored.
‘Sikhali’ was also in the books of South African side Mbombela United where he was found guilty by the South African Football Association tribunal for signing another contract with TS Sporting at the same time.
Mbombela United lost 23 points and was relegated.
Mbabane Highlanders’ boss, Ally Kgomongwe engineers moves to sign him and he spent two seasons at the ‘Black Bull’ before joining Green Mamba where he is currently plying his trade.