Kings ashamed of ‘white’ squad?
February 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
I try to write as little as possible about the Kings lest I be accused of bias but sometimes the facts just give the lie to reports that appear in the media. Once again Mr Watson is being creative with the truth. Elementary really, once the facts are uncovered.
According to Die Burger, Watson made the statement in parliament to members of the portfolio committee on sport and recreation, insisting several top black players decided to sign for other unions as they weren’t sure the Kings would play in the Southern Hemisphere’s premier competition.
Watson said the Kings were denied luring players such as Elton Jantjies (Stormers), Odwa Ndungane (Sharks), Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks), Lionel Mapoe (Bulls), Akona Ndungane (Bulls) and Siya Kolisi (Stormers) to Port Elizabeth.
Elton Jantjies and Lionel Mapoe are still under contract with the Lions for this year so they were only available for a ONE year loan deal. Jantjies and his dad talked to all the unions, including the Kings, before deciding to sign with the Stormers. That decision was only made known at the end of October, months after the SARU decision. The Bulls signing of Mapoe was also only announced after the Currie Cup, months after the SARU decision.
It is well known that the Kings never approached the Lions for loan players until after they tried make as if the Lions refused them players when they tried to get SARU permission for extra foreigners. By that time the Lions players’ loan deals were already in place.
This statement might be true for Akona Ndungane, whose two year contact extension with the Bulls was only announced on 23 August but Siya Kolisi signed with WP in March 2012 already while Mvovo re-signed with the Sharks in January 2012.
Furthermore, in terms of SARU regulations, players under contract may not be approached by other unions without the permission of their home unions while players whose contracts are due to expire may only be approached within the last 120 days of their contracts, normal from July as the contracts normally expire at the end of October.
I’m not sure what the situation is with Odwa Ndungane’s contract with the Sharks but most of the players mentioned were not available to be “lured” earlier in in the year (2012), unless the Kings planned to flout SARU’s regulations and the SARPA agreements.