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Peter Shalulile Considers Salary Cut

Namibian international player Peter Shalulile. Photo: Getty Images
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) season currently is enduring a forced lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the Highlands Park striker Peter Shalulile remains focused as he reveals his target is to score more goals. “I believe that I’ll score more than 15 goals.”  “I set targets for myself and I’ve told myself that through good and bad the target would always remain my target,” said Shalulile.

The former Tura Magic FC striker scored 12 goals so far and looks forward to topple Orlando Pirates’ Gabadinho Mhango who is currently leading the charts as the PSL top scorer with 14 strikes so far. Having been reportedly linked with a move to teams such as Kaizer Chiefs, SuperSport United, and Bidvest Wits.

Hightlands Park's squad pose a picture at Jonsson Workwear Head Offices in Durban, South Africa.
According to the club’s media officer, Sibonelo Ngidi, the Lions of the North are follow in the footsteps of Ajax Cape Town who are known for selling some of their best players to overseas clubs. “They made big money on Thulani Serero alone, they managed to use that money to sustain the club and ensure they remain competitive,” said Ngidi.

A lion doesn't have to prove that it's a threat, you already know what the lion is capable ofSibonelo Ngidi

Shalulile is someone who does not fuss over money. After all, having been a wanted man by the top three with fat pockets - Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns that currently in a top-flight football dominating echelon over the last two seasons, he could have easily manoeuvred his way out of Highlands for a better pay cheque.

Although the salaries from clubs such as the PSL log leaders can't match to what he earns, Ngidi stated that the club has engaged Shalulile in terms of matching offers from the big guns. “The management has sat down with him and told him that even though they may not match the salary offers some of the clubs are promising but they can try and get closer to it,” added the media officer.

Highlands Park players Peter Shalulile and fellow teammates marching through Durban street market. 
Shalulile is optimistic that the season will resume and finish, and that’s why he has since vowed that once the dust settles and things get back to normality, he’ll even surpass his initial target for the season of 15 league goals. “They told him that he is respected here and his contribution is acknowledged. However, if he goes to a new club he will have to start afresh and fight for his place in the starting eleven. He, therefore, decided to stay.” Having established himself as one of the top strikers in the South African top-flight, the 27-year-old is a key figure for coach Owen Da Gama’s troops as they look to remain in the elite division for many seasons to come.

 Salary Cut

Shalulile, who spoke to Independent Media from his home, in Namibia after left the country before the lockdown enforced. He said he has already prepared himself for the worst, saying pay cuts during these trying times are inevitable for most employees. Shalulile is aware of the country’s crumbling economy as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and reckons that pay cuts are bound to happen sooner or later.

With PSL clubs not generating an income during the lockdown period, the Namibia international remains unfazed with the possibility of having his monthly income trimmed, saying players should plan better and have financial back up. “Salary cuts are things that you cannot stress about, brother. Whether they make a decision or not, you cannot stress about that,” added Shalulile.
Peter Shalulile
Striker: Peter Shalulile
It’s been two months now since the domestic season came to an abrupt halt following the virus outbreak. In a bid to curb the spread of the virus, the government imposed a national lockdown. The new regulations only permit essential workers to report for duty and this has seen a number of businesses close down - workers being retrenched or agreeing to pay cuts - at least until normality is restored.

“As a player, you must have financial planning. You must always have a thing of, one day you might leave football and a crisis will happen like now, so you must have a back-up for whatever the case may be. “But when it comes to money, my brother, I don’t like to complain much because you should also know that people are going through a lot and people need money. There are people that are sick and need the money. “At the end of the day, we have to deal with what the government is saying and move forward.”

With many clubs in Europe having instituted pay cuts to their players and staff. AmaZulu's players are obliged to cut their salaries at anytime given. AmaZulu were the first top-flight side to admit that their players were due a salary cut for a month or so, saying the monthly grant of R2.5-million from the Premier Soccer League and funds from sponsors such as Spar will not be enough to cover all of their expenses.

Highlands are also reported to follow in Usuthu’s footsteps by trimming their players’ salaries, especially with their main sponsor, clothing outlet Jonsson Workwear, not operating due to the lockdown. The money they received from PSL is not enough to ensure the club is kept afloat.

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