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Swallows To Buy Maritzburg Utd?... 'Shame On You, Birds'

An outsider may look at an empty South African stadium on game day and declare, "Shame, it is probably the supporters fault." Further investigation may tell you differently, though. Last week, we learned of the sale of Mpumalanga Black Aces; this week, we hear that Maritzburg United may become the new Moroka Swallows… Where does this leave the supporters?

Left stranded in the middle of nowhere. That's where it leaves the supporters. The sale of Aces does leave a little lump in the throat because this team was just becoming successful, but it is something we can swallow because of its low support base and the fact that it technically belongs in Johannesburg.

Maritzburg United presents a whole different story, one that strikes a few chords in the hearts of the South African footballing community. Firstly, United is not a poorly supported team – their home games are some of the most well attended in the league, and for good reason. They always put on a show when they play. Secondly, many people find it difficult to see the pride in taking the short cut and buying out a PSL team, especially after a double relegation.

"I don't think any proud Swallows fan will be proud to support a team that was bought and renamed Moroka Swallows, better they fight their way back to the PSL." – Chokocha

"Shame on you, Birds." – jujunation4lyf

"This is ridiculous, man! PSL transfer window has become club transfer window." – messialltymbest

"What about the people of PMB (Pietermaritzburg)? Will they miss top-flight football again?" – Nathie Nyawo

Do you think it is right that clubs can sell their status to others? What are the pros and cons of this?

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