Sabelo Madi of Moroka Swallows during the 2016 Nedbank Cup Last 32 match between Moroka Swallows and Supersport United on 08 March 2016 at Dobsonville Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix
Tuesday Apr 04, 2017. 14:30
Just after Moroka Swallows' relegation to the SAB League from the ABC Motsepe League last weekend, Gauteng MEC of Education Panyaza Lesufi says they will bounce back.
Lesufi acknowledged that one of the biggest clubs in South African football is facing financial troubles, but he said there are possible suitors to rescue the fallen Dube Birds.
He revealed that the club has been served summons over the past weekend as they owe Stadium Management over R1,6 million.
Speaking to a local radio station, Lesufi, a renowned supporter, said they have plans put in place to ensure the club is back to its glory days.
“We are having a consultation with Swallows supporters across the country, we also have commissioned a team of professionals to develop what we call a rescue plan,” said Lesufi to Metro FM on Monday.
“We want a mechanism to solve the team's challenges we are also speaking to a few people who have indicated their willingness to come on board, financial people who are in a position to help the team.
“Basically, the team is in a terrible state, one, the team was carried by supporters until its last games as the entire leadership abandoned it.
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“Secondly, the team owes almost over R100 million, you now know the team is worth R250 000 and investing in the team won't make sense.
“Already there are three institutions who want to liquidate the team, FIFA, two companies based in South Africa and we also owe the receiver of the revenues (SARS) and players in signing on fees.
“We just have to regroup, meet with interested parties as quickly as possible, embark on a roadshow across the country and talk to supporters of Moroka Swallows.”
On the other hand, Lesufi thanked Jomo Cosmos coach and owner Jomo Sono who helped the team as he gave them eight players to wrap up their league campaign.
“We are supposed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the club in October but where we are now, we can't even have a single celebration,” adds Lesufi.
“We just have to go back to the drawing board...we just have to manage the liquidation process and ensure we save the name of the club, it is inevitable (liquidation) at the moment.
“We will honour our fixtures in the SAB and there are teams who have already tabled bids to sell their status to Swallows.
“I want to thank Fani Madida who coached the club without a salary despite seeing players who had to go as they were signed by other teams.
“I want to thank Jomo Sono, I really have no words to thank him, when the window period came, almost 16 of our players left and I had to call him.
“Dr. Sono, you know the history of this team, can't you assist, he gave us eight players without hesitation and within six hours, we had to fix the paperwork of the players – we finished the league purely because of the players he gave us.
“I really want to thank him from the bottom of my heart.”