Siyabonga Nomvethe of AmaZulu challenged by Tabiso Mpame of Cape Town All Stars during the National First Division 2016/17 match between AmaZulu and Cape Town All Stars at the Kings Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi, South Africa on 23 April 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Thursday Jun 08, 2017. 17:15
In their bid to bounce back to the Absa Premiership, AmaZulu are engaged in talks to buy Free State Stars' Premier Soccer League status.
AfricanFootball.com has been informed that Usuthu are working around the clock to bounce back to the elite division and are currently in talks with the Ea Lla Koto management.
This website has been reliably informed that the Durban-based outfit is currently engaging the Bethlehem-based side to return to the country's top tier.
AmaZulu failed to qualify for PSL/NFD Promotional Play-Offs as they finished their 2016/17 National First Division campaign at number five with 37 points.
Although reports previously indicated that Usuthu management have tabled an offer to the newly-promoted Thanda Royal Zulu, the latest information is that talks with Stars are at an advanced stage with the help of the Ethekwini Municipality.
“There was a meeting on Wednesday and I can tell you that AmaZulu are seriously planning to play in the PSL next season,” revealed the source.
On the other hand, an Usuthu official said divulging such information could spoil many things because there is a lot at stake.
“Look, I can't deny or confirm such information to the media because we all know what happens when such news is in the media,” said the Usuthu official.
“Buying or selling a club is a sensitive issue because it creates an environment where players, staff and the technical team could be concerned about losing jobs.
“I think one has to wait for the right time to deny or confirm such news. For now that is all I can say.”
This website made attempts to reach Stars general manager, Rantsi Mokoena, whose mobile phone was not answered whilst Usuthu's general manager, Lunga Sokhela was not available on his mobile phone as well.
Furthermore, the municipality refused to comment, saying they cannot be drawn into speculation on sensitive matters such as this one.
AmaZulu were automatically relegated in the 2014/15 season and have failed to buy Mpumalanga Black Aces status last season as their bid was not approved by the PSL.