Some fans feel that the way the news was conveyed to the players is ‘rude’, ‘mean’ and ‘unprofessional’
Angry fans beat Max Tshabalala over how he announced the sale of Bloemfontein Celtic in the Premier League on Tuesday.
The PSL approves the agreement that the businessman will sell the club to Shauwn Mkhize for R50 million, and sees that the club renamed Royal AM and moved to Durban. But the way Tshabalala made the news known to the team has caused a lot of criticism on social media.
In the leaked audio, first published by well-known sports broadcaster Robert Marawa on his Twitter account, Tshabalala said that her decision to sell the outfit was due to financial struggle they underwent. He was also categorical that he would not promise that the problems would not be in the new season.
“Gentlemen, I’m not going to hear. I have to be honest and honest,” Tshabalala said in the audio. ‘You’ve seen what the media is saying, and it’s true that the club is being sold.
‘You know we had it [financial] problems, and I could also foresee that it would continue this season. The team is therefore sold. Guys, we can not do otherwise, because it’s been four years since I ran the team out of my own pocket.
“You know the challenges, and they have not been made easier for me. But in terms of our Premier Soccer League status, we sold the team to Royal AM.
“We could not announce anything until the PSL approved it. Every player who has a contract with the club and receives a salary goes over to Royal AM according to the PSL rules.
‘Because when you sign with a PSL team, your contract has to be protected, but according to your contracts and salaries, everything is there with them.
‘We therefore request you today, as there is a [DStv Premiership] match on Sunday and the players must leave [Bloemfontein].
“All the contracts are with them and are as you signed them. No trial runners or players should leave without a contract. These are only people who have contracts with the team to travel. This is what we presented to the PSL and which Royal AM accepted.
‘I can no longer [the financial strain]. It’s going to affect my personal life, my family and my children’s lives. I can not. It’s too much, so the club has been sold and let’s arrange for you to leave now. “
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