Panyaza Lesufi breaks silence on Moroka Swallows debacle

Lesufi says he’s trying to orchestrate a massive cash injection into the club, among other things.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng MEC for Education and staunch Moroka Swallows supporter Panyaza Lesufi says he has been heavily involved in helping the Dube Birds get back into the PSL.

Swallows are currently struggling in their first season in the National Frist Division and are facing relegation to the second division.

Lesufi says he's trying to orchestrate a massive cash injection into the club, among other things.

"I'm working on plan B to be quite frank. Today, I managed to get three or four people that believe could come on board and assist.

"So, if we can just work on our plan B, because the team deserves to play in the PSL. If we can shorten that process of playing in the PSL that will excite me."

The MEC says the club's bosses have been cooperative with the process.

"We spent the last 11 months trying to iron up administrative difficulties and the ownership thing about Swallows. So we're at 97 percent, it's only three percent remaining. If we can fix that three percent, those that have been given the mandate to do public announcement will do so."

Lesufi says his role is to attract investors to Swallows.

"I'm mainly coordinating the offers that are on the table, ensuring that the right people come on board and also to ensure that those that want to come on board - they must not take advantage of Swallows supporters."

The team remains bottom of the National First Division despite their win against FC Cape Town on Sunday.

A string of poor results has been attributed to financial dryness and poor management.

If the Dube Birds get relegated, it will be their second successive relegation in two years on different leagues.