Absa Premiership

No deal for Swallows PSL return, says Khoza

2016-07-21 08:22
Irvin Khoza (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Premier Soccer League insist Moroka Swallows' reported buyout of Free State Stars is not currently on the official agenda.

There have been widespread reports over the last few weeks that Swallows, backed by a consortium led by MEC of Education in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi, are to take over Stars' PSL franchise.

This, after the Birds were relegated twice in two seasons, finding themselves set to play in the ABC Motsepe League next term.

Speaking at a press conference at the PSL headquarters in Johannesburg on Wednesday, chairman Irvin Khoza said no paperwork has been admitted to the league and says he knows very few details of the proposed takeover.

"As we speak we don't know who these people in the trust are. We only know Mr Lesufi," said Khoza.

"As it stands there is no deal between the two parties, we are still awaiting a report from them. For what it is worth the comments that have been made about Swallows buying Free State Stars are incorrect.

"No transaction has been placed before the League. If the intention of the trust is to buy the club and seek a name change - that is a matter to be dealt with when the time comes. As it stands, no application has been made."

However, Khoza did not rule out the possibility of the deal still going ahead in time for next season, if Swallows move fast enough.

"I spoke to Mr Lesufi and he apologised," said the Orlando Pirates chairman. "I hope they will conclude it this week because we can't wait too long.

"If by the end of the week, we do not have clarity then there will be nothing for us to consider."

Read more on:    free state stars  |  moroka swallows  |  psl  |  soccer
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