Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila boss Masala Mulaudzi has explained how he managed to get his hands on the status of one of the oldest clubs in the country.
In a move that has shocked football fans, Wits, formed in 1921, has been sold to the businessman and are expected to relocate as of next season, a year before they celebrate their 100 years of existence.
Speaking to SABC Radio Phalaphala FM on Sunday, Mulaudzi explained how it came about that he was ‘offered’ the Bidvest Wits status and in the interview, Mulaudzi also revealed that all the money that paid for the club came from the Mulaudzi trust.
“Fact of the matter is that Bidvest Wits was not being sold, it was never put on sale,” Mulaudzi said.
“It was due to my good relations with Bidvest not on football matters but these are people who teach me work outside of football business. This was just a gift that was given to me, I also did not want to buy it because it was never on sale, and I was just the one they trusted to can take the club forward,” he said.
“That’s why even when we started the whole process (of negotiations) started leaking in the media some people went to Wits and offered to buy the club were told the club was not on sale.
On the issue of players who are in the current Wits team, this is what Mulaudzi had to say: “I don’t want to talk a lot on the issue of players but the fact is we have bought the Bidvest status with all its players. If you hear of a player being sold, it means the player is being sold with our permission.
“So it’s us who decide which player is being sold because we can’t afford some of them, there are players who are on R400 000, R300 000 and R200 000 per month something that is unusual in Limpopo to find a club paying those kind of salaries so that we are allowing them to go and we will remain with those that we can afford.”
Mulaudzi has also confirmed that the club will not keep current coach Gavin Hunt as the head coach next season.
“Gavin Hunt is one of the most respected coaches we have as a country, he should actually be coaching Bafana Bafana or in Europe now so we cannot afford him as a club. We know he gained some of his coaching experience in Venda but he is outgrown this level now so as much as we want him to be out coach we felt we can’t afford him.”
Wits are still within a chance to finish top of the log with 9 matches remaining or even win the Nedbank Cup as they are in the semis.
“The current Wits team will finish the league this season so if they finish in the top 3 as we would love them to, we will go compete in the CAF Confederations Cup, same applies if they win the Nedbank Cup, and we will also go and play in the CAF Confederations Cup.
During the same interview, Mulaudzi also revealed that they will be heading to the PSL offices today (Monday) to submit all the paperwork regarding the deal.
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