Mokoena threatens legal action against Maritzburg


Businessman Lebohang Mokoena has threatened legal action against Maritzburg United for defamation of character, in the latest twist to the Bloemfontein Celtic status saga.

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Mokoena made headlines over the weekend after claims circulated that he was preparing to purchase a DStv Premiership status in the hopes of reviving Bloemfontein Celtic.

Mokoena was present at an emergency Siwelele fans forum in Bloemfontein, with video footage showing him promising to get Celtic back into PSL.

The Team of Choice later released a strong-worded media statement vehemently denying the rumours that the club had been sold.

"The directors of the club would like to refute these unfounded, baseless and false claims and records that there is absolutely no truth that the Team of Choice has been sold, a Maritzburg statement said.

"The claims made by Lebo Mokoena, CEO of the Mokoena Group, circulating on social media that a sale had been agreed are false and the club would like to place on record that there is no agreement to sell the club nor have any discussions taken place with Mokoena in this regard."

"Mokoena has previously made mischievous and false claims, and the club takes strong exception thereto," the statement continued.

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In response, Mokoena denies making any statement that he had purchased the status of Maritzburg United.

"Yes, it's true I met with Bloemfontein Celtic supporters, but there is nowhere I mentioned that I had bought Maritzburg United," Mokoena told

"I have seen their statement. I found it disrespectful to both myself and my company.

"I am very disappointed because I never even mentioned their name in the meeting.

"But I am busy with my attorney. We want to take legal action against the statement which they released.

"We will be sending something to them today. We will meet in court," Mokoena added.

Maritzburg United operations manager Quinton Jetto declined to comment when reached regarding Mokoena's legal threat.

Mokoena, meanwhile added that the preparations to revive Bloemfontein Celtic were right on course.

"Our preparations are going well," Mokoena added. "Our plan is to return to the PSL. We are still in discussions with some people who are willing to sell.

"I am quite sure we will be playing in the PSL.

"We have spoken to few clubs, but obviously, I can't mention their names."

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