Mokoena: Stars not for sale

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

Fum­ing Free State Stars boss Mike Mokoena has vowed to sue who­ever is spread­ing the ru­mour that his club is up for sale.

Mokoena told City Press that the ru­mours were af­fect­ing the club’s plans for the new sea­son as they could not at­tract some play­ers.

“Some­one, some­where is ma­li­cious and spread­ing this pro­pa­ganda about us. I want to take them to the clean­ers be­cause I’m tired of de­fend­ing my­self against these base­less ru­mours. I want to know their mo­tive be­cause this is not good for us. The fact is that we are not for sale,” said an in­censed Mokoena.

“I am re­ally dis­turbed by the con­tin­u­ous ru­mours. I think some­one is play­ing a dirty game with us.

“I have never men­tioned sell­ing to any­one. Sell­ing is not on our agenda, es­pe­cially this year. The Free State govern­ment has just given us R2 mil­lion and the premier is putting a task team to­gether to help us get a spon­sor. And now this,” said Mokoena.

Re­ports sug­gested ear­lier in the week that the wealthy Mpisane family in Dur­ban were in the fi­nal stages of a mul­ti­mil­lion-rand deal that could see them com­plete the pur­chase of Stars.

Mokoena said the ru­mours were hurt­ing and dam­ag­ing the brand.

He said they wanted to build a for­mi­da­ble side that would com­pete for ti­tles next sea­son.

Un­for­tu­nately, he said that they had hit a brick wall with some play­ers they wanted to sign for next sea­son.

“We have iden­ti­fied a few play­ers to bol­ster our side, but some of them are re­luc­tant to come to us. They have told us they can’t be­cause the club will be sold soon – and this is not true.”

The club is talk­ing to po­ten­tial spon­sors and will re­veal its plans for the new sea­son soon.

I think some­one is play­ing a dirty game with us MIKE MOKOENA

PHOTO: AUBREY KGAKATSI / BACKPAGEPIX

GATVOL Free State Stars boss Mike Mokoena in­sists he is not sell­ing his club

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