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Stanton Fredericks: 'It's difficult to accept Bidvest Wits sale'

Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)
Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)

Stanton Fredericks has found it tough to accept that Bidvest Wits will cease to exist as from next season.

The Clever Boys were sold to the owners of Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivandila in recent months.

They will relocate to Limpopo next term and will hire a new head coach and see a number of current Wits' players depart the club.

The 42-year-old former Wits midfielder revealed the way the sale was announced was very unsettling.

Speaking to Goal, Fredericks said: "A very difficult decision [to accept], especially for myself because I grew up with Bidvest Wits.

"It was Wits University back then. I played for the junior team, I made it my debut there and I eventually came full circle and I retired there."

Fredericks, who also played for the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, added: "The difficult part is that this is a team that's going to be 100 years old.

"I think just the way the sale was announced, it's difficult to accept because it has downplayed Wits as a football institution.

"Tomorrow, we'd find out that the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are sold, it's generations that are being erased.

"So, for me, I might come across a bit emotional but it's certainly impacting me personally. I am not happy, it's not sitting well with me."

- TEAMtalk media

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