Free State Stars are again rumoured to be considering selling their PSL status, despite refuting club sale reports earlier this year.
In February, Stars refuted talks that their PSL franchise could be up for sale again, and the club's general manager, Rantsi Mokoena, ensured Ea Lla Koto's supporters that there was no intention to sell Stars' PSL status.
At the time, it was confirmed to the Siya crew by sources close to Stars that there was a businessman from Klerksdorp in the North West who was believed to be interested in buying the club, as reported in edition 1011 of the Soccer Laduma newspaper.
However, the official word from Mokoena at the time was that the club was not for sale.
"I can categorically tell you that there is no such. Our deal with the City of Matlosana is similar to the Kaizer Chiefs deal with eThekwini. There is no buyer or potential buyer that has approached us about buying the status and that matter of selling the club has been put to bed. We are no longer interested in selling the status and we are focused on building Free State Stars. Your source is taking chances and misleading you on this one," Mokoena told the Siya crew at the time.
In July 2016, Stars accepted an offer from a consortium led by Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi to sell their PSL club franchise, but the deal fell through after the consortium failed to meet some of the requirements of the sale.
In September last year, rumours in the local football fraternity indicated that Stars were willing to discuss the sale of the club with Royal Eagles.
Eagles, who are campaigning in the NFD, were said to be willing to buy the Free State club with a view to relocating it to KwaZulu-Natal.
With the 2016/17 NFD season having come to an end, and with Eagles having failed to qualify for the promotional play-offs, sources have confirmed that the KZN club is still interested in buying the Ea Lla Koto franchise for next season, provided that the Free State club finishes the current campaign in the top tier of Mzansi football.
It is believed that Dan Malesela has been identified as the man to coach the KZN outfit in the PSL should all go as planned in the planning and negotiations between all the parties involved.
There is talk in the local football fraternity that newly-promoted Thanda Royal Zulu could be looking to sell their PSL status due to financial constraints, while NFD side Cape Town All Stars are said to be keen to listen to offers for their franchise.