Facts around Highlands Park sale

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FARPost can confirm that the sale of Highlands Park will go ahead despite reports to the contrary.

On Monday, reports emerged that the Premier Soccer League executives had rejected the sale because it apparently doesn’t comply with the Companies Act, but FARPost has it on good authority that all is set for the deal to be concluded before the weekend.

SUKAZI MEETING

FARPost exclusively revealed on Monday night that Highlands Park players met with Tim Sukazi earlier in the day, Gauteng. They call him the “new owner”. Dan Malesela was also there. Players that are leaving like Peter Shalulile didn’t attend.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE PLAYERS?

Shalulile and Mothobi Mvala are moving to Mamelodi Sundowns. The players that are out of contract will be given an opportunity to “trial”, according to a player who attended the meeting.

WHY WAS MALESELA THERE?

Malesela was previously with TS Galaxy and has a long-term association with Sukazi. Malesela will take over as head coach of Highlands Park, with the club set to be renamed ahead of the new season.

WHAT ABOUT OWEN DA GAMA?

His assistant Allan Freese has already joined AmaZulu in the same capacity. Da Gama, who’s been coaching the Lions of the North for the past few years, is wanted by Tshakhuma, who bought the status of Bidvest Wits. For now Da Gama is jobless.

WHAT DO CURRENT HIGHLANDS PARK OWNERS SAY?

The majority shareholder Brad Kaftel (with 60%) confirmed to Power FM on Tuesday morning that the deal is going ahead. Kaftel said the claims that the deal fell through is fake news. He says players were handed over to TS Galaxy on Monday.

Regarding Sinky Mnisi, who owns 20%, Kaftel stated: “I love and respect Sinky Mnisi but he doesn’t have the money. He is not the financier. All the shareholders and directors were given a time to come up with the money and save the team. It did not work. Now everyone agrees we sell.”

WHAT HAPPENS TO TS GALAXY?

The GladAfrica Championship club will return to its former owner, Lunga Ncwana, who is based in Cape Town. He  sold the club to Sukazi a couple of years ago and it’s not clear at this stage why he’s getting back the club.

SUKAZI COMMENDS FARPOST

While reports suggested the deal was rejected by the PSL, Sukazi confirmed he had met the Highlands Park players and that the deal is on. He applauded FARPost for reporting accurately.

“I’ve been observing for some time the quality and accuracy in their reporting … nothing destructive or to cause any confusion amongst football lovers … they are just progressing with matters as and when relevant circumstances emerge 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾,” Sukazi tweeted.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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