NWU Vaal manager Thomas Thema says an option to sell the side is up for a discussion with the University after he submitted a proposal to put the club on sale due to financial constraints.
Thema reckons that as a team that just got promoted to the South African football third-tier in December 2020, they found it very difficult to run the club.
However, ‘The Purple Army’ managed to finish the season in fifth position in the Gauteng ABC Motsepe League stream B log standings.
“My brother, it’s expensive to run a University team. I don’t want to lie to you. We got promoted last December and had to prepare the team for the whole of January. As we are a University it cost us a lot of money. You can imagine that we got promoted mainly with students and we couldn’t have a camp because of the lockdown. We had to get private accommodation for our pre-season camp,” Thema told FARPost.
He has admitted to having submitted a proposal to the University hierarchy to put the club on the market because of the knock-on financials brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The University is still to object to my proposal because they can’t just sell without viewing the direction of football in the country and make an informed decision because if football continues the way it does which is two streams, it is very costly. And other dynamics happening within the league, the shenanigans and so on is what people don’t want to talk about,” he laments.
“As a University, Safa is very hard on us rather than your normal teams. So, it then cost us more and if we don’t comply with the rules and regulations we might get ourselves in hot water.”
The team manager told this publication that the University is supposed to meet on the 18th of June to discuss a way forward regarding his proposal.
Reflecting on the just-ended ABC Mostepe League season, Thema believes that his side showed great character given the fact that it was their first season in the league.
“We did very well. As a team that just got promoted, we finished number 5 in stream B. We even got a lot of inquiries about certain players and teams are very interested in signing some of them. I’m generally happy with the performance of the team,” he concludes.
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