TS Galaxy officially announce purchase of Absa Premiership status

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TS Galaxy have officially announced their move to the top-flight of South African football after completing the purchase of Absa Premiership side Highlands Park's status.

"The acquisition comes at the back of lengthy and delicate discussions, where a mutual agreement was finally reached by both parties which will see TS Galaxy Football Club campaigning in the premier division of South African football as of the 2020/21 season," the club said in a statement.

"As a result, TS Galaxy FC's status in the GladAfrica Championship has been sold back to its former holders, Cape Town All Stars."

The club went on to confirm key changes to the management team with Dan "Dance" Malesela returning as head coach after guiding the club to becoming the first lower division team to lift the Nedbank Cup.

Another change will see Mabhuti Khenyeza taking over as head coach of the MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) team.

"In addition, the Rockets are proud to welcome former Bidvest Wits player and goalkeeper coach, Tyron Damons who will be heading up the goalkeeping department," the club added.

"Veteran defender, Thabo Nthethe, who signed with the club last season will now serve as the team manager. Nthethe captained the club in his last professional match in TS Galaxy colours in a win against Uthongathi FC in the last match off the season.

"As the only club from the Mpumalanga province competing in the Absa Premiership, the Rockets will make use of the iconic Mbombela Stadium as their home venue for the upcoming season.

"This is as a result of the unavailability of club’s traditional home base, Kameelrivier Stadium as it does not meet the standards of hosting Absa Premiership fixtures as prescribed by the NSL Rules."

- Compiled by Baden Gillion

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