Orlando Pirates and PSL chairman Irvin Khoza
Thursday Jul 28, 2016. 15:31
Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza has announced that both Moroka Swallows and Free State have confirmed the proposed deal between the two clubs has fallen through
Khoza was speaking to the media during a press briefing on Thursday afternoon in Parktown, Johannesburg.
He announced that the much publicised deal involving Moroka Swallows and Free State Stars is officially called off.
The Iron Duke first sent a message of condolences to his colleague, Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung, after losing his sister.
Khoza, who also doubles as the Orlando Pirates boss, also sent a message to the family of a motor sport racer, Gugu Zulu, who passed away a week ago and was laid to rest on Thursday.
Although the Dube Birds were reported to be close to making their way back to the Absa Premiership, the deal to buy Ea Lla Koto's top flight status fell through at the eleventh hour.
FREE STATE STARS, MOROKA SWALLOWS DEAL BREAKS DOWN
Stars' Rantsi Mokoena announced last Friday that they are not selling the club and will remain in the Absa Premiership.
"We had a meeting today to discuss the Free State Stars issue with MEC Lesufi,” said Khoza.
“We can confirm that both parties (Free State Stars and Mr Lesufi) have written to us to confirm that the deal is off.
“We wanted to know who the people in the consortium were but obviously that info is irrelevant now because they've withdrawn."
On the other hand, the Buccaneers chairman also wished the struggle and African National Congress icon, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela well.
Together with Chincha Guluva and the City of Johannesburg Mayor, Parks Tau, they presented her with a cheque of R200 000 as a birthday present.
Meanwhile, Khoza also wished the Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns all the best in their CAF Champions League journey.
The Brazilians have reached the semifinals of the continental tournament; after beating Zamalek 1-0 on Wednesday night in Pretoria.
“We would also like to congratulate Mamelodi Sundowns for qualifying for the CAFCL semis. We hope they will win in it,” said Khoza.