Western Cape ABC Motsepe League outfit Santos FC have come out to deny rumours linking the club to purchasing the GladAfrica Championship status of Steenberg United.
Steenberg’s future has been the subject of much speculation since Simphiwe Clans, the club’s team manager told FARPost back in June that “everyone has a price”.
“I am not selling but if you offer to give me R50 million for my shoes then I can decide to give you my shoes. I have received a lot of calls saying we hear that you are selling,” said Clans.
Often in sport, they say ‘there is no smoke without fire’ but Santos have dismissed the claims that they are after Steenberg’s PSL status in an official statement released to the media on Saturday morning.
“It has been brought to the club’s attention that a rumour published and circulating on a local social media platform stating that Santos Football Club has bought the NFD status of Steenberg United,” the ‘People’s Team’ statement reads.
“The club can categorically deny that the rumour is untrue and that the club has not purchased the status of Steenberg United. The club’s chairman [Goolam Allie] and management were not consulted or contacted to confirm or deny such rumour.
Santos, Premiership champions of 2001/02 have fallen from grace since they were relegated to the second-tier league in the 2010/11 season and dropped even further down to the ABC Motsepe League following their struggles in the National First Division, now known as the GladAfrica Championship at the end of the 2016/17 season.
“This type of false information and unmotivated sensationalism is the cause of many players and football club downfalls.T he club, therefore, can clear the air on this matter and state that they have not purchased Steenberg United’s NFD status or any other NFD or PSL status.”
Two top-flight clubs in Bidvest Wits and Highlands Park recently sold their statues to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) and TS Galaxy respectively ahead of the 2020/21 campaign set to play next month.
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi