Moroka Swallows' new owners looking to buy existing PSL club

Lesufi says the new owners of Swallows are also looking to become the owners of a club in the PSL.

Swallows fans at the Dobsonville Stadium after their team was relegated from the PSL. Picture: Leeto Khoza/EWN.

JOHANNEBSURG - Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi has told EWN Sport that the new owners of Moroka Swallows are looking to buy an existing Premier Soccer League (PSL) club and not buy a status to have Swallows back in the Premiership.

It has been reported that Swallows are looking to buy Free State Stars' status and return to the PSL next season. Lesufi, however, has refuted these claims, saying that the Dube Birds will play in the second division.

However, he could neither confirm nor deny that they were looking to buyout Stars, saying that they will make the announcement once the PSL approves the deal.

Lesufi said they will change the club's name once they acquire it.

"So the new consortium have bought a team as a going concern and as a going concern it means the same technical teams and players but then we feel that the name is not appropriate, then we're in a position to apply for the name to be change and it will be changed at that time.

"I can assure you and I can tell you now, even the new name that is going to be is not going to be Moroka Swallows, there's going to be another name."

The MEC said the consortium Swallows will commit to their obligations in the second division.

"In terms of regulations and in terms of people saying we're getting into the Premier league through backdoors or other things is unfounded. It's something that we're very careful in adhering to."

He said they can't afford to force Swallows into the Premiership.

"If we continue with that name Moroka Swallows, I can assure you we're transferring the problems into that team and it might suffer the same fate.

"So it's not advisable at all to continue with the name Moroka Swallows at that level. Both in terms of ethics and certainly in terms of sportsmanship."