Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter
PLATINUM Queens are reported to have thwarted an imminent player exodus by renewing contracts of almost all their players for the 2020 Rainbow Amateur League (RANL) season.
The Zvishavane-based side was sitting on a ticking time-bomb that could have seen up to five players leaving the club owing to different reasons ranging from lack of game time and strained relationship with some members of the executive.
Competition at the platinum mining side has been immense in the just ended season following the arrival of some exciting talent which pushed certain players to the bench much to their dislike hence the reason to seek new homes.
However, H-Metro understands, platinum executive has since swiftly moved in to diffuse the situation by offering players lucrative new deals that made it difficult for them to say no.
With the RANL League set to enjoy a staggering $11million sponsorship deal from their sponsors Glow Petroleum, H-Metro understands that Platinum Queens executive have made it a priority to go for the title next season.
But sources close to the on-goings say most players only signed for the love of money and if the situation doesn’t improve players are adamant to dump the club.
“They acted unprofessionally. They knew players were planning to leave and they lured them with the signing on fees,” a source told H-Metro.
“Obviously they know they want the money who would want to spend the festive season broke. So it’s all about money. They also knew that some clubs had started negotiating with some players who they wanted to sign for the 2020 season.”
Players are also still skeptical on the new deal.
“We hope things will change next season. I signed the contract because I was afraid if I was going to get a new club so early,” said one player.
“Now it’s about money. We will stay for the money but my heart is no longer there.”
Platinum finished second this season behind eventual winners Correctional Queens, who have won it for the past two years now.
And with their male counterparts FC Platinum winning the Castle Lager Premiership title for a third straight season, Platinum Queens seem desperate to follow in their footsteps.