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'If We Don't Wake Up, Gauteng Will Steal Our Team'

Free State Stars has, reportedly, sold its ownership status to Moroka Swallows. Many fans have been left heartbroken and stranded, and this has begun to resonate with the supporters of other clubs as they begin to see what lessons can be learned from this business transaction.

On the Bloemfontein Celtic supporters' group of Facebook, one of the Siwelele faithful has warned that no club is immune, and an old suggestion that was made earlier this year when the club was struggling to pay its players has resurfaced.

The suggestion ran along the lines of the supporters pooling their own money together to carry club operations forward.

"As you can see, people are here for money. What will happen to Free State teams in years to come?" a Celtic fan posted.

"If we don't wake up, Cape Town, Durban, Gauteng will steal our team. You might not believe it now but we might be forced by circumstances. All I'm saying is it's time we start planning.

"Our players didn't have something last season. I think we, as a family, need to start planning for the end of the season so that they can do something for them."

At the end of the previous campaign, the chairman of Celtic, Max Tshabalala, cancelled the players' awards. The supporters showed the power in unity by sticking together and handing their players their own awards. Perhaps there is a lesson here about how, when the supporters pool together, they can determine the direction their club goes in.

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