Could it be a case of déjà vu for Tembisa residents after the Siya crew reported that Highlands Park have received a mega offer for its top-flight status. A similar situation left the township distraught some 15 years ago.
It was the year 2005 where Tembisa Classic, the heartbeat of football in the East Rand community sold the club's PSL franchise to Mvela Golden League outfit Maritzburg United, in a deal estimated to be around R10m.
After relegation in the 2016/17, Highlands made a dramatic return to the elite league in the 2018/19 season, and have been based at the Tembisa grounds for the last five years.
Now, the Siya crew reported that TS Galaxy owner Tim Sukazi has agreed a deal in principle for the sale of franchise, Sukazi has revealed that he is keen on moving a PSL franchise to Mpumalanga, something that has caused prominent supporter affectionately known ‘Nandos’, sleepless nights.
“I’m also lost because I’ve been trying to speak to the shareholders and they said they are not selling the team, but we keep seeing these media reports. You know where there is smoke, there is fire. As a supporter of the team, this thing is giving me stress every day. I cant sleep at night. I’m praying that this deal does not go through.
“We don’t want to be like Tembisa Classic, we don’t want that to happen. I think maybe we’ve got bad luck in Tembisa. It would be painful if the team was sold. Think about the people of Tembisa who make money outside of the stadiums. The owners should not think about themselves only, but others too.
“How can we sell the team if we have sponsors? The teams that should be sold are the ones without sponsors. We have Hatfield VW and Jonsson so we don’t understand what the problem is,” the passionate supporter added.
Highlands are currently in eight position on the log and will play their remaining home fixtures at Dobsonville Stadium, which they will be sharing with Mamelodi Sundowns.