While the Cheetahs have been paying Lionel Mapoe an under 21s salary, they are requesting a transfer fee which is more than what the Bulls paid for Springbok Bjorn Basson.
According to a rugby365 the Cheetahs have requested a R1.5 million although Volksblad quoted Harold Verster as saying “much more than that” when he was asked if the Cheetahs would accept R 1.5 million for Mapoe.
Finally, after months of this saga dragging on SARPA CEO, Piet Heymans has finally got involved (sort of). He is quoted as being “disappointed” that the two unions have not agreed on a transfer fee yet. He also said that the Sharks have offered an above market value transfer fee for Mapoe and was surprised that the Cheetahs could ask for a R1.5 million for someone who earns R 100 000 a year.
If the Cheetahs value Lionel Mapoe at R 1.5 million, why did they not pay him more? Apparently the Cheetahs said R1.5 million would be needed to sign a replacement. That may amount to admitting they have been paying Mapoe way too little. They also declined a request from Paul Treu to make Mapoe available for the Sevens Springboks which would allow Mapoe to get some much needed game time.
At least Heymans is on Mapoe’s side and “hopes the court rules in his favour” so that Mapoe can get back to the playing field ASAP. Maybe Mapoe needs a bit more than hope from SARPA.Tweet