Swallows ready for flight again
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.