Swal­lows ready for flight again

CityPress - - Sport - TIMOTHY MOLOBI timothy@city­press.co.za

A new-look Moroka Swal­lows should be in ac­tion in the PSL by July 4.

This is ac­cord­ing to the club’s staunch sup­porter, Gaut­eng Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi, who is at the fore­front of res­cu­ing the team.

Le­sufi said the new own­ers want to assem­ble the team early next month to pre­pare for the sea­son.

He said they are talk­ing to three Absa Premier­ship clubs, be­lieved to be Mar­itzburg United, Chippa United and Polok­wane City.

Ac­cord­ing to Le­sufi, the fourth club, pos­si­bly Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria, is still engaged in the PSL pro­mo­tion and rel­e­ga­tion play-offs.

City Press has learnt that they have given the clubs 21 days to de­cide whether they were sell­ing.

“We have been talk­ing to clubs about part­ner­ships, own­er­ship and shares, but one has been ham­pered by the on-go­ing play-offs,” said Le­sufi.

Le­sufi would not be drawn into dis­cussing the iden­ti­ties of the clubs or the new own­ers.

But City Press has learnt that they are Ital­ians with a tile busi­ness.

“We want to first get guar­an­tees from the PSL and the SA Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion that the deal can go ahead be­fore com­ing out in the open. Ev­ery­thing must be done by the book and we don’t want a re­peat of what hap­pened with the Aces and AmaZulu deal last year. So, once all those things are out of the way, they will come out in the open.”

He said he was com­fort­able with the peo­ple he was in­volved with.

“I don’t want to be as­so­ci­ated with some­thing that can­not fly. Th­ese are am­bi­tious peo­ple who re­ally want to take the club some­where, judg­ing by the kind of play­ers we have been talk­ing to, and all our plans for the sta­dium and other things,” said Le­sufi.

He said his role was to elim­i­nate dis­putes and own­er­ship is­sues, ad­ding that he suc­ceeded in that re­gard.

“It has taken al­most 13 months to get to where we are and we are al­most at the end of the process. I have met with al­most ev­ery­body but the play­ers, and I want to com­plete a full cy­cle by en­gag­ing the play­ers. The aim is to as­sess who is avail­able and who is not. They also need to plan for their lives.”

He said they would keep their ABC Mot­sepe League sta­tus, but it might be used as a de­vel­op­ment team.

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