There is still a big possibility that Maritzburg United might be sold to a businessman from Umzimkhulu, KwaZulu Natal.
This publication has been told by a potential buyer that the current unrest in the province has delayed the finalization of the deal.
According to Dr Bongani Gumede who is a known businessman from Umzimkhulu and he is expected to meet with Maritzburg United bosses in order to iron out some matters regarding the sale of the club’s status.
Dr Gumede told FARPost that he decided to sell his club G Millinonaire FC that is playing in the ABC Motsepe KwaZulu Natal League, so that he can buy the Team of Choice.
“Yes, I’m selling G Millinonaire because I want to buy Maritzburg United, for now nothing has been finalized,” he said.
“We are very hopeful, we were close to sealing the deal but this unrest in the province hindered our negotiations. We just need to confirm a few things and then we can take over the team,” Gumede said.
“We’ve been communicating over the phone with their (Maritzburg United) directors and it’s just a matter of time.
“We are also in contact with people who are willing to buy G Millinonaire, there are many potential buyers but they have since been quiet.
“We are planning to move the team to Umzimkhulu, the aim of buying the club is to try and develop our community, since it’s a rural town. We want to create job opportunities for our youth and improve the standard of living in the area.
“So we’ve been speaking to the municipalities both Harry Gwala District Municipality and Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality, but they are not coming to the party because we have a challenge of resources, in terms of facilities.
“We need a hotel or BnB that we can buy and a stadium from the municipality, we just want them to provide us with a stadium that is in a standard of PSL and then accommodation for our players,” concluded Gumede.
Maritzburg United Chairman Farouk Kadodia couldn’t comment on the latest developments regarding the club, saying they are still dealing with the consequences of the destructions and looting in the province.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter