A classic feature of South African football is playing itself out once again. Free State Stars are said to have been sold to Moroka Swallows. Once again, the supporters were the last to find out, and now a mass heartbroken fans lie in the wake of this business transaction. Supporters Club caught up with leading Stars supporter Matshidiso Tshabalala to get her thoughts on it all.
"I'm not okay. I'm not happy at all. We love soccer in the Free State and we love our team, you would think that we would be the first ones to be told? But no, the first time I heard about it was through Soccer Laduma. The management has not told us anything, they have not sat down with us, nothing," she said.
"The supporters have met and we are not happy at all. Maybe management will meet us one day and actually ask what the supporters are feeling.
"We are not going to support any other team in the Free State, and we will not become Moroka Swallows supporters either.
"I expect the management to have a meeting. Most of the supporters have a membership card, so they need to come explain to us what happens with us and our membership cards. They need to explain to all the supporters, not just me, the leader.
"I have spoken to the players and they are upset too. I have been supporting this team forever. They went away for the first time and I stayed, they came back and I stayed. When they wanted to sell the team for the third time, I was there. When they were relegated, I was there for them, and then they came back and I was still here. And they don't have the time to explain it to me even? I have stuck with them through thick and thin, and now they are gone. It's painful."
What can we learn from this? Is this trend of selling clubs right or wrong?