Another PSL club sold disrespect to the fans.Ordinarily, when PSL chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza gets asked if the unabating sales of clubs and their subsequent relocation dilutes the integrity of the sport, his measured response has been to invariably reiterate the fact that “free trading” of franchise is allowed in the PSL.
Although those are obvious tenets of a capitalist environment that thrives in South African football, supporters have expressed acalectic disdain to this new practice.Meanwhile, reports by 𝘚𝘶𝘯𝘚𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 that another PSL Club, Free State Stars—which currently participates in the newly-renamed Motsepe Foundation Championship—has been put under the hammer, following a reported R12-million takeover from successful Mpumalanga-based businessman, Bucks Mthombeni.
It is understood that Mthombeni, who also owns Casris FC, will take over the club from the ownership of the Bethlehem-based Mokoena family, and relocates it to KwaMhlanga in Mpumalanga.It is yet unknown whether the team’s name will change, but considering the growing trajectory under this circumstances, it is likely that it would be changed.
Free State Stars have been experiencing financial difficulties over the last few months, after it emerged that its owners, Kootso and Rantsi Mokoena, have been having incongruous views with regards to how the club should be run, forthwith.
Would you consider this to be disrespectful to the Ea La Koto fans who have supported the team throughout the years?.Absolutely, Forget the numbers that are being thrown around; the club’s soul was not only created by the Mokoenas but also by the entire Bethlehem community, which supported it all the way to the top. This will undoubtedly be very difficult for them to accept.
It is a serious indictment on the league and the future of South African football that they have now met the same end as their cross-town rivals Bloemfontein Celtic, who were sold a year ago.What is football without fans? It’s meaningless, and the PSL runs the risk of losing credibility and alienating fans if it continues to ignore this red herring and implement policies to regulate the sale of football clubs.
— SunSportSA (@SunSportSA) August 2, 2022