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Yet ANOTHER contract dispute!!


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, Super 14 on 18 Mar 2010 at 06:25
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Lionel Mapoe may soon be on his way to the Blue Bulls due to a salary dispute with the Free State Rugby Union (FSRU).

The FSRU’s legal representatives will meet with Mapoe’s on Thursday. The meeting may determine whether Mapoe’s contract is valid or whether he can be contracted by the Bulls for a salary of R1.4 million straight away.

Sport24’s sources indicate that Mapoe is earning around R29 500 per month in the Super 14, which is the minimum salary for a South African player in the Super 14. His contract with Free State is worth about R200 000 a year.

Mapoe was contracted as an unknown emerging talent by the Cheetahs in 2008 for R80 000 a year for three years, with annual increases built into the contract.

He still played for the Free State under-21 side in 2009 and only made his mark for the senior team later in the season, after which the Cheetahs decided to increase his salary.

The Cheetahs are now believed to be willing to increase his salary to R750 000 a year within 24 months if he’s prepared to extend his contract until 2012.

Mapoe’s representatives believe that his current salary is not market related.

FSRU president Harold Verster confirmed to Sport24 that he had received a lawyer’s letter from the agents in which the validity of Mapoe’s contract is disputed.

“There is an issue around Mapoe’s contract. His agent, Red Star Talent and more specifically Mike de Haast, is looking at the issue with lawyers. The matter is sub judice because there are ongoing negotiations between the lawyers and we have a meeting on Thursday,” said Verster.

“You can probably always go looking for a problem in a contract. We are quite certain our affairs are in order.

“It’s a pity that this kind of thing always pops up before we play a big South African team. It’s disruptive for the team and players. It’s a pity that our own people in Bloemfontein disrupt our team at such a crucial time.”

Verster believes Mapoe is a star and the Cheetahs would like to keep him in the long term.

“We have looked after him very well to date. He did not have a medical aid last year when he suffered a knee injury. His agents did not arrange a medical aid for him. Free State Rugby paid R25 000 for his knee operation,” said Verster.

“He has also had free accommodation for the past two years at the Cheetah house.”

De Haast says that the Bulls have not made Mapoe an offer.

“Lionel is committed to the Cheetahs and is looking forward to Saturday’s match against the Stormers,” he said.



27 Comments

  • KSA Shark

    I actually put this thread up with the heading: Mapoe earning peanuts at the Cheetahs!! :mrgreen:

    Then I saw your thread and deleted mine!! :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.03.10 06:51:38 by wpw Reply
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  • “He has also had free accommodation for the past two years at the Cheetah house.”

    Well Harold have you ever thought that maybe he is not earning enough to buy/rent his own place??

    Sheesh I can’t believe his contract is only 200K a year!! :shock:

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.03.10 06:55:34 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) :

    These guys do their maths like a company who has offshore employees.

    I got offered this amazing salary by a comapny in Abu Dhabi about 6 years ago, with a work cycle of 42 Days on 28 Days Off. Only for them to tell me right near the end that I only get paid for my 42 days on. The 28 days off was without pay. So my wonderful salary was not so wonderful after you factored that in.

    This seems to be what these guys are doing.

    R29,500 a month does NOT add up to being R200,000 a year in a 12 month year. That is only 6,77 Months? What is he supposed to do for the other 5,23 months of the year?

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.03.10 07:23:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    I woulda had no problem if you bombed my thread. i don’t need the points. :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.03.10 07:25:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Think old Straeuli is reading this?

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.03.10 07:28:18 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Another one slips to the Nulle, that’s just hog wash :!:

    And I thought they pride themselves on their home grown talent. :roll:

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.03.10 07:32:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) :

    I was HOPING he was. I happened to notice this morning that Ndungane is already 29. There aren’t to many wingers who are at the top of their game at 30. So we need to start looking for a replacement but ONLY if we don’t have any in-house talent.

    But then again the Cheetahs are our back-up Academy. :razz:

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.03.10 07:34:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 6) :

    This article is either intentionally vague or deliberately misleading.

    The FSRU’s legal representatives will meet with Mapoe’s on Thursday. The meeting may determine whether Mapoe’s contract is valid or whether he can be contracted by the Bulls for a salary of R1.4 million straight away.


    Why would they be doing that if De Haast says that the Bulls have not made Mapoe an offer

    All that i can presume is that the Bulls are clever enough not to make an offer until they have confirmation that his contract is not valid.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.03.10 07:37:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) :

    I wonder how old Akona is then??? :roll: :???:

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.03.10 07:44:45 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 9) :

    Hehehehhehehehehehhehehe :mrgreen:

    You probabaly won’t believe me, but I was going to put this bit in my comment and thought better of it.

    I wonder if he is the older or younger one of the two :oops:

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.03.10 07:51:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : :lol:

    Don’t the Bulls have some up and coming SA U20 wingers??

    Sampie Masriet (sp?)

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.03.10 07:58:13 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 11) :

    Hey they do have an up and coming winger, his name is Van Der Heever.

    That boy has certainly grabbed the Habana absence chance with both hands.

    Damn good player and probabaly doesn’t even have to shave yet he is so young.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.03.10 08:01:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) :

    I know about him. He can’t tackle though!!!

    He will probably be a Bok in the next year or so!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.03.10 08:15:00 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) :

    WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY to early to start calling the guy’s Bok future. (You are falling into the WP media and BB HArmse traps) :razz:

    Let’s first see how he does for the rest of the season.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.03.10 08:17:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Wish I was a Pro Rugby player :sad:

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.03.10 08:17:29 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) :

    I said ‘probably’

    I hate saying this but he will be a much better option than either of the Ndungane twins and maybe even better than Nokwe!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.03.10 09:02:21 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : They should get the Sharks legal team to dissect that contract of his….even better, the Sharks must beat them to the chase.

    Btw, how can the tjietas still be such an armgat franchise?

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.03.10 09:28:13 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • mapoe should get Frikkie Erasmus to tear that contract to shreds…well atleast if it was a Lions contract

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.03.10 09:35:56 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 18) : I hear the Lions contracts come pre-perforated these days… just makes it easier :)

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.03.10 09:45:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • but I think Mapooooo may be getting a tad big for his boots here. Sure, he’s promising, but worth R1.4M a year? I think not. He’s played one good Currie Cup and has, to be honest, hardly set the Super 14 alight to date. How many tries has he scored?

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.03.10 09:46:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) :

    And then after his first bad game we will go on about local talent not being used.

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.03.10 09:56:13 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : you would do urself a favour pronouncing his surname properly…ma-pu-we [as in welsh]…

    Do you think allister hargreaves, vulindlu, mvovo, lambie etc all earn R29 500 a month? The bare minimum that a franchise has to pay

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.03.10 09:59:38 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 21) : Exactly, we need a reason to moan….might as well be because of Mapoe :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.03.10 10:23:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 22) :
    Probably only Lambie, he is in the same sitauation that Mapoe is, the others have been in the system longer thus should get more. Anyway its all speculation.

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.03.10 10:30:22 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 23) : whinging is akin to bliss for a Sharks supporter. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.03.10 10:32:04 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) :

    He hasn’t even scored 3 tries.

    1 Drew Mitchell 5 Waratahs
    1 David Smith 5 Hurricanes
    2 Michael Hobbs 4 Highlanders
    2 Israel Dagg 4 Highlanders
    2 Francois Hougaard 4 Bulls
    2 Gerhard van den Heever 4 Bulls
    2 Richard Kahui 4 Chiefs
    2 Wynand Oliver 4 Bulls
    9 Morne Steyn 3 Bulls
    9 Bryan Habana 3 Stormers
    9 Digby Ioane 3 Reds
    9 Lachlan Turner 3 Waratahs
    9 Wandile Mjekevu 3 Lions
    9 Zac Guildford 3 Crusaders

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.03.10 12:58:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : I think he got one against the Bulls and no more. He had a blinder against the Bulls though so that may have influenced his value.

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.03.10 13:11:00 by Salmonoid Reply
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