Kaftel: How PSL can prevent club sales


Former Highlands Park director Brad Kaftel believes there is a way the Premier Soccer League can prevent the constant sale of clubs.

DSTV Premiership outfit Tshakuma Tsha Madzhivhandila FC Lawrence Mulaudzi took a leaf out of AmaZulu FC and sold the club to doctor Sello Ntsoko, just seven months after buying the topflight status from Bidvest Wits.

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"Like I said before, the PSL needs to look at viability of the teams," Kaftel told KickOff.com.

"The teams are changing hands because the business model it's not working. So if you think about the high profiled teams that have exited the PSL in the last few years, you had Mpumalanga Black Aces with the Morfous, you had Bidvest [Wits], Highlands Park, you have Royal Bafokeng (Platinum Stars FC), amongst that you got high caliber companies and individual football lovers that I think the PSL would be better off if those people were still involved you know. And why they left? Viability. That's it.

"You either sell a business because it's doing so well and someone wants to buy it, or you selling it because it's doing very badly. The reality is that you've got football clubs that are running at losses, and that's why owners wants to exit. It's viability. And it was no difference to Highlands Park, it was viability. Sad for the supporters, sad for the owners, but it's viability.

"The business model isn't working. I don't know the owner of TTM but I would imagine that he had seen the amount and he has believed that he could come to the PSL and it would be quiet easily. But the costs of running a PSL team are enormous. And he's obviously struggling you know.

"So he's sold the club because he can't get it to be viable. His costs are too much more than his income. It's the same as what happened to us and Bidvest, no difference. It's a same replica, it's a same story. They PSL they have to bring rules to manage the costs structures. They need to put working together to manage the costs structures."

Kaftel also questions the Premier Soccer League's decision to allow football clubs to change ownership at the middle of the season.

"But how can a team change hands in the middle of the season? I mean I thought teams change hands in the off season. What they could do is to hand over the management of the club now, and ownership can change in the off - season. That I think you can do. So I think they've probably handed over the running of the club to new owners, and they've got agreement that ownership will pass in the off - season I would think. But I'm not a legal expert you know."