Relegated Marumo Gallants’ chairman, Abram Sello, has revealed how much the club spent on the CAF Confederation Cup.
The Limpopo side had a fairytale run in the CAF inter-club competition. Bahlabane ba Ntwa went as far as the semi-final of the CAF Confederation Cup, where they were knocked out by Tanzania giants Young Africans.
However, they bore the brunt on the domestic scene when they were relegated at the end of the 2022/23 DStv Premiership season.
FINANCING THE CLUB; MARUMO GALLANTS
Their journey in the CAF Confed was marred by controversy. FARPost reported on how two officials were detained in Libya over outstanding bills in April.
Shortly before the semi-final tie in Rustenburg, players refused to train, demanding bonuses.
“It [playing in Africa] takes a toll,” Sello said on the sidelines of the club’s glamorous awards on Saturday. It’s still the same for me because, in the topflight, it’s just mainly topflight.
“I’ve been financing the club myself, closing the gaps where necessary. Much more travelling across Africa, you do it yourself, and you get reimbursed later on.
“So it’s not something we have to mourn about. It’s something we should get those that are closer to you to assist with the smaller things and focus on the bigger picture.
In addition, he added: “That’s what we have been doing it. It’s not been easy. He believes the media often gets it wrong, thinking CAF interclub competition is profitable.
“I think that’s where the media talk about the lucrative story, and you forget that behind that lucrative story, there is the mastermind. “Remember, nobody gives you the money to say, ‘Go and do that one’.
WHAT MARUMO GALLANTS SPENT
“You need to fulfil the fixtures with the little you have got. This one you’re talking about will come 60-80 days later.
“Sometimes it doesn’t come because of fines you’d have incurred. The hardest month was Ramadan month. We all had to become Ramadanians.”
Sello said he spent between R12 million and R18 million on accommodation, travel and other expenses in the Africa Safari.
“It cost us in the region of R12-18 million. Countries differ. When they see South Africa, some say we have the big country is here, and they must foot the bill.”
Interestingly, according to Sello, the cost of playing away games is lighter than home games.
AWAY GAMES BETTER
“Away games are better. The home games cost you more because you finance everyone – the referees, the match commissioner, the coordinators, you fly them, book the hotels, and hire Avis cars. It’s more strenuous in terms of financing.”
He said away games get complicated when there are no regular flights.
“In some countries, it’s easy; you play on a Sunday and wait for the flight the next week.”
On the issue of bonuses, he said: “Every match, we appreciate them, but you know human nature… people are not satisfied.”
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