Mpumalanga Black Aces are gone. Free State Stars will soon be gone. Many supporters are left to wonder where their teams all of a sudden disappear to once a business meeting has been called. What can South Africans learn from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, who are owned by their supporters?
Is it even possible to do this in South Africa? Many of our supporters are of the opinion that if the supporters pooled their money together, they would be able to buy a stake in their favourite clubs and the teams would therefore be more accountable to them.
"What the fans must do is raise money and buy half of the team; that way they will have control of it." – Fofana-Samba
Another one of our supporters, Bra-Moss, has a more concrete plan as to how to achieve this trend of having a fan-owned and fan-run football team.
"Call a meeting for all Stars supporters to your home stadium, choose people who will be your leaders, open an account for yourselves," he said.
"Put in R100 a person a month. Let's say Stars have 30 000 supporters; in six months you'll have R18 million. A team needs a transport, transport needs to be maintained e.g. fuel, service and paying the driver, negotiate with taxi owner of which some of them are part of your Stars supporters to get work for team 2.
"Your team has produced many educated former players, some are good coaches today. You buy an NFD team or a Vodacom League team, you decide who is a coach and CEO.
"No one will do anything without your concern and many others will follow you because business people run teams for business but you guys are in soccer for love.
"It's just my humble opinion but the trust issue is very important. There are Free State Stars supporters who are lawyers who will have to advise and guide you. God bless you."
Do you think this could work in South Africa?