TS Galaxy’s takeover of Highlands Park has had a few casualties, with a handful of players being axed.
Lawyer and former players’ agent Tim Sukazi bought the Lions of the North in a deal that has been in the works for the past few weeks.
On Monday, Sukazi was introduced to the players and formally took over its running of the Premiership side from former owners Brad Kaftel, Larry Brookstone and Sinki Mnisi.
The club will change its name to TS Galaxy, which has been playing in the GladAfrica Championship. The team will be coached by Dan Malesela which means Owen da Gama is out of a job.
Malawi defender Limbikani Mzava is one of the casualties, after he was told on Tuesday that he’s surplus to requirements.
The 26-year-old said he was informed after training that he was not part of the coach’s plans. “I still have a meeting [with Highlands] this afternoon [Wednesday] where I will find out about the way forward,” Mzava told City Press.
“This thing happened on Tuesday so we still need to talk. A list was read out of players who are not in the coach’s plans. It came as a surprise because it is the last thing you expect after a normal training session. I hope we can finalise everything so that I can get my clearance,” he said on Wednesday.
Goalkeeper and captain Tapuwa Kapini, Jerry Msane and Sello Motsepe have also been told they are unwanted.
City Press reported at the weekend that Highlands minority shareholder Mnisi was at loggerheads with his co-directors over the club sale.
Mnisi was adamant that the transaction won’t go through until he says so. He accused fellow directors Brookstone and Kaftel of lack of transparency in the sale of the Tembisa-based club.
As a result, he has instructed his lawyers to challenge the sale on the basis that it was done “behind my back”.
The PSL is yet to ratify the sale even though Sukazi has publicly announced that the deal has been signed and sealed.
This is a developing story.