United Stars players, management resolve salary dispute

RUNDU: The Rundu-based United Stars Football Club (FC) players who boycotted training last week over a salary dispute with their management, have now resumed training.

This was after the United Stars management gave in to the players demands and agreed to refund the players’ monies which were allegedly unlawfully deducted from their salaries.

United Stars spokesperson, Daniel Namwira, confirmed to Nampa that the players’ outstanding monies were indeed settled on Friday.

All 27 players registered with the premiership outfit stayed away from training since Monday last week, apparently because the team made deductions from their salaries after the team lost two games.

Some of the players’ salaries were deducted for apparently not featuring in some of the league games. Amounts deducted range between N.dollars 700 and N.dollars 1 500.

On Tuesday, United Stars’ team Captain, Miguel Manaza, confirmed that the players returned to training on Monday after a refund was done my management on Friday.

Manaza explained that some players residing outside the town of Rundu, who had already packed their bags to go back to their villages, have also since returned to training.

He said the issue of deducting players’ salaries for losing games and for not featuring in league games is not stipulated in the contract which the players signed with the team.

Manaza said players are supposed to get their full salaries regardless of whether they win or lose.The players are also supposed to earn a winning bonus of N.dollars 200 per game won, Manaza said.

A group of United Stars players, escorted by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), allegedly went up to the house of the team’s Chairperson, Wencislaus Kasera, on Thursday evening. They demanded that he writes a check to pay back their deducted money.

The players apparently threatened to launch their grievances with the Ministry of Labor against the team management if they were not paid.

United Stars spokesperson, Daniel Namwira, confirmed to this agency that the players’ outstanding monies were indeed settled on Friday, as a result of the police involvement.

Efforts to obtain comment from the United Stars Chairperson, Kasera, provided futile.

United Stars FC is currently having seven points from five games played thus far. The team will resume their premiership matches on 22 November when they meet Civics FC.