Swal­lows bid fails, Stars shine on

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE - ROD­NEY REIN­ERS

THE deal be­tween Free State Stars and Moroka Swal­lows has bro­ken down. As a re­sult, the club will con­tinue to cam­paign in the PSL, while Swal­lows will have to take their place in the nether re­gions of the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion.

A con­sor­tium of busi­ness­men, on be­half of Swal­lows, were set to pur­chase the top- flight fran­chise of Stars and, in that way, re­turn to the PSL.

But it’s all come to nothing, with the club now look­ing for­ward to the new sea­son un­der new French coach, De­nis Lav­agne.

In an of­fi­cial state­ment yes­ter­day, Ea Lla Koto an­nounced: “The club con­firms the failed sale of the fran­chise. The deal has fallen through as the con­sor­tium has failed to meet some of the con­di­tions of sale set by the Na­tional Soc­cer League, more par­tic­u­lar that re­lat­ing to the pay­ment of the sale price.

“As a re­sult, Free State Stars FC is back in busi­ness and in full prepa­ra­tion for the 2016- 17 sea­son. For­tu­nately, our pre- sea­son prepa­ra­tions were not af­fected by the sale sit­u­a­tion, other than the trans­fer of a few of our play­ers to other clubs.

“This is quite fa­mil­iar to us as we are usu­ally forced into a sit­u­a­tion whereby we need sell some of our best play­ers ev­ery sea­son in or­der to keep our club in busi­ness.”

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