It is believed the players had not been paid for at least six months before a plan was made by the union.
There appears to be an issue once again with the players’ August salaries, and the union has now approached the fans for help.
EP President Cheeky Watson says, “It is no secret my players are struggling to put food on the table and we cannot have this. We are asking the fans who support us to help out wherever they can.”
Watson was speaking from the presidential suite at Grosvenor House in Dubai where the union’s management are having a two-week brain storming session.
Watson said the union had decided to follow similar protocol to restaurants, where fans would be urged to pay a gratuity when leaving the stadium.
“We cannot afford to pay our players, but we also cannot have them looking in bins for food, so it is up to our loyal fans to put their hands in their pockets for a change,” said Watson.
Watson’s son Luke has not even been able to purchase a razor in almost two years.
EP Kings CEO Charl Crous said fans would each be encouraged to pay at least 20% of the loss deficit per match.
“So, if we lose by 100 points, for instance, fans would be encouraged to drop R20 in the tins at the exit. The stadium cleaning staff would take 5% of all takings, leaving the players with the rest,” Crous said.
Crous said he believed the initiative would prevent an imminent player strike.
Fans are also encouraged to leave tins of food as well as old clothing and blankets in specially marked bins located all over the stadium.
The EP Kings are struggling in the ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division, having lost four out of four so far in this year’s competition.