While the PSL remains mum on the status of the first division with regards to who are the champions, this has not stopped Sekhukhune United from going ahead with their preparations for the big league.
Royal AM claim that they are the rightful champions of the GladAfrica Championship despite the courts having declared Sekhukhune the winners.
The ambitious Limpopo-based Sekhukhune have been beefing up their team in anticipation of their debut in the DStv Premiership.
On Tuesday the club unveiled five new signings that included former Orlando Pirates midfielder Thabo “Jomo” Rakhale.
Other recruits were Tshediso Patjie, Tumelo Matona, Kamohelo Sithole and Seun Ledwaba.
The group was unveiled a week after the club beefed up its technical team with the signing of former SA Under-20 and Lesotho senior team coach Thabo Senong.
Rakgale turned out for Tshakhuma Tsha Matshivhandzila (now Marumo Gallants) last season and he was part of their Nedbank Cup-winning team that defeated Chippa United in the final.
The affable playmaker said he was excited to be part of the Sekhukhune family.
“Everyone has welcomed me in a good way. [Because] the team has just been promoted, [my duty] as a senior player is to make sure that the team stays in the elite league. So I am going to contribute and give my best in every way that I can,” said Rakhale.
A fan favourite in the PSL thanks to his breathtaking skills with the ball, the 31-year-old from Sebokeng township in the Vaal has promised Sekhukhune followers to expect the “Jomo they know”.
“I know the fans always expect much from me, so I am going give my best...”
“The fans must keep safe [from Covid-19]. We’d like to be with them when everything gets back to normal. I can’t wait to be part of the fans, I know they are going to like me.”
Rakhale rose through the ranks with the North-West University
Soccer Institute, where he was a sports science student before he came into prominence with Orlando Pirates after he joined in 2012.