LEAKED | Final Bloem Celtic team address

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In exclusive leaked audio, it can now be revealed how owner Max Tshabalala informed the Bloemfontein Celtic squad of the club's dramatic sale.

The PSL on Tuesday announced the sensational R50 million sale of the club's DStv Premiership status to businesswoman Shauwn Mkhize.

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The top-flight club will now relocate to Pietermaritzburg and be named Royal AM ahead of the upcoming 2021/22 campaign.

With access gained to audio from inside the Bloem Celtic changing room, KickOff can now reveal details of Tshabalala's extraordinary address to the team on the club's sale.

"Gentlemen, I'm not going to belong. I have to be straightforward and have to be frank," Tshabalala opened his address to the players.

"You've seen what the media has been saying, and it's true, the club is sold.

"You know that we had [financial] problems, and I could also foresee that this would continue this season.

"So the team is sold, guys, we can't do otherwise as it's four years that I've run the team out of my own pocket.

"You know the challenges, and it hasn't been made easier for me. But as our Premier Soccer League status is concerned, we've sold the team over to Royal AM.

"They are located in Durban, and the PSL has approved the deal at around 20:00 Friday night.

"That explains why we couldn't inform you earlier, as you all were on your weekend off.

"We only received the official documents that were sent over by the PSL then on Friday evening.

"We couldn't announce anything until the PSL had approved it. Each player here who has a contract with the club and receives a salary, their contract is going over to Royal AM as per the PSL rules.

"Because when you sign with a PSL team, your contract must be protected.

"It's now up to you on arrival at Royal AM if you want to notify them that you want out.

"But as according to your contracts and salaries, everything is there with them.

"So we'll request you as today, as there is a [DStv Premiership] game on Sunday that the players must leave [Bloemfontein] today.

"They have communicated that they will send somebody to the townhouses that they've prepared over there, and then the chairwoman will meet with you.

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"All the contracts are with them and is as you signed them. No trialists or players without a contract must leave.

"It's only people who have contracts with the team requested to travel. That's what we presented to the PSL and what Royal AM has accepted."

Tshabalala then opened up to the players on the personal toll handling the financial struggles of Celtic had on him.

"I can't take it no more [the financial strain] not it's going to, but it has affected my personal life, my family and my children's life," Tshabalala added.

"I can't. It's too much so the club is sold and now let's arrange for you to leave.

"I don't know what mode of transport that you guys are going to use.

"Those with cars must go to the garage to fill up their cars at a cost to the club, and for those without cars, we will arrange the team bus to transport you there.

"They will be expecting you from 18:00 so that the chairwoman can meet and address you all on your arrival that side."

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