Mphahlele refutes club sale claims

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Baroka chairman Khurishi Mphahlele has rubbished claims that the club has been sold to a group comprising of Giyani-based Businessmen.

There is an audio (statement) circulating around from a Gentlemen who calls himself Thembani Maswanganyi and is the spokesperson of the Business people from Giyani, Limpopo who have purchased the club.

In the audio the man claims that the consortium finalised the deal to buy Bakgaga Monday night and are waiting for the Premier Soccer League’s approval.

But speaking to FARPost on Tuesday, Mphahlele strongly denied any sale of the club and suggests there could be an enemy who is behind the whole ordeal.

“Last night (Monday) I was working from here (Baroka office), I don’t know anything about the sale of Baroka, unless someone is selling it somewhere not me,” said Mphahlele.

“It’s a lie because I am the only person who can sell the club. And no one else can do that so the story is fake. Maybe is an agent who want to destabilise the team because we are going to start the Nedbank now and we have the potential to bring the second Cup in the Province. Maybe it’s the enemy of progress, I mean how can I sell the team after I am still busy with the construction of the football village? How can I sell the team? That will never happen.

“This team has a long future, I have built it for the long term plan of this Province, not one, two, three or five years. I don’t have any intention to sell the team, not at all. No one came to me with the intention of purchasing the club,” he said.

When asked what would happen if an offer was to reach his table, this is what Mphahlele had to say:

“I don’t have any intention of selling the club. We are coping with the demand of the PSL fixtures, I am not struggling, we are not struggling, why should we sell if we are not struggling?

“Of course I am (disappointed) but these are the challenges of the institution which is growing because when you are doing good things people love what you are doing but they don’t know how to do it themselves. That’s what they come with those type of dreams, they are dreaming actually because there is no way where I can just wake up in the middle of the night and say I am going to sell the team,” added Mphahlele.

By Ofhani Munyai

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