Absa Premiership

Lesufi hopeful 'Beautiful Birds will fly again'

Moroka Swallows (TEAMtalk)
Moroka Swallows (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he does not plan to give up on his dream of quick-firing Moroka Swallows back to the Premier Soccer League.

Lesufi has been heading a consortium who were hoping to buy Free State Stars' PSL franchise so that Swallows would be able to play in the top flight next season, rather than in the third tier (the ABC Motsepe League) after suffering back-to-back relegations.

However, the deal fell through this week, due to issues surrounding the unknown identity of the investors, and as Lesufi himself admitted in a letter read out to the media by PSL chairman Irvin Khoza, there were also problems encountered with the funding.

"We have no words to explain how devastated we are that this offer could not be concluded due to the tight international monetary regulations that made it impossible for us to meet the deadline set to conclude the transaction," stated part of the letter.

"For this, we wish to apologise to the PSL, Free State Stars family and the broader football fraternity for this unfortunate turn of events."

However, Lesufi says he does not intend for this to be the end of the matter, and still harbours ambitions of making the deal go through at some stage.

"We remain determined to re-package our offer soon. We remain forever hopeful that the Beautiful Birds will one day fly again."

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