The dust is yet to settle after Mpumalanga Black Aces sold their ABSA Premiership status to John Comitis, and now another PSL team, Free State Stars, are said to have sold their status to Moroka Swallows. Is this boardroom football?
During such transactions, it is the fans and some of the players who are most affected.
Lightning has struck twice for die-hard Ea Lla Koto supporters, and back in 2002, the PSL was in the process of trimming the 18-league team to 16. This meant they dangled a huge carrot in the form of R8 million in front of team bosses in order for two teams to cease to exist. Free State Stars and Ria Stars accepted the offer and their fans were left in the cold.
However, the former soon jostled their way back to the elite league after purchasing the franchise of Maholosiane in the NFD.
The loyal and forgiving fans continued to support their beloved team again, even after being disappointed in the past, and that sad history is now about to repeat itself.
What is more puzzling about this deal is that, a few seasons ago, AmaZulu FC was on the verge of purchasing Mpumalanga Black Aces' status and the PSL blocked the transaction…
So the big question here is: Why have they given the green light for the sale of Free Stars Stars? Are there double standards at play?
The selling of teams is not good for local football. The game should be played on the field, not in the boardroom.
Have your say – what do you think of the selling of teams' league status'?