The SA Football Players Union (Safpu) wants the government to review tax for footballers as one of the ways of addressing the serious financial challenges players face after they retire. The harsh realities of life after football came to the fore after the recent death of Bafana Bafana star Phil “Chippa” Masinga. This prompted the SA Football Association (Safa) to convene a meeting with interested parties at Safa House in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The meeting included representatives from the Gauteng provincial government‚ Safpu‚ the SA Football Coaches Association and the SA Masters and Legends Football Association.

The argument was that footballers and sports stars should not be taxed at the same rate as other professionals because of the short timespan of their careers. Also discussed were ideas for creating business and coaching opportunities for former players‚ retirement and pension funds‚ an SA football hall of fame and skills-sharing programmes. “Government must show th...

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