Silver Strikers players have shared K7.5 million from the K15 million Airtel Top 8 they won last month after beating Be Forward Wanderers.
Both the club’s management and players confirmed the development.
Some players depending on game time got as much as K360 000, whereas as the minimum for the players who did not play was K50 000.
Silver captain Blessings Tembo, who was very influential in the Airtel Top 8 victory, said they had requested the club management to give them K10 million instead of K7.5 million.
“We asked them [Silver board of trustees] to give us a large chunk of the prize money, but they refused. We wanted the board to motivate the players by giving them more money, but it did not work. We can’t fault them because the contractual agreement is that the players and the club share equally from any prize money,” said Tembo.
He, however, said the players are all happy and will work towards achieving more.
Silver general secretary and legal adviser Thabo Chakaka-Nyirenda also confirmed the figures.
“We have no outstanding debt with the players. We operate per contractual agreement so that no one feels wronged. Now our focus is to win the league and also other trophies that are lined up,” he said.
Nyirenda gave credit to the players for the victory, saying the Reserve Bank governor is very proud of the feat.
“When you win trophies, you make sponsors feel motivated to support you more. We need not relax, but continue to excel on the pitch. We have a vey good squad that can bring us results,” he said. n