'It won't make sense to move Chiefs to Cape Town'

Premiership

Former Bloemfontein Celtic star Mark Mayambela has called for the system surrounding club sales in the PSL to be revised.

As a former fan-favourite at Celtic, Mayambela was one of the thousands who were left reeling after the club's PSL status was sold to Royal AM at the start of the season, with the team subsequently renamed and relocated to the Kwa-Zulu Natal.

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The sudden and effective dismantling of one of South African football's most historic clubs was met with widespread condemnation from within the football fraternity, and the 34-year-old himself believes similar occurrences should not be allowed to happen again.

"We need to mirror what some of the other leagues are doing," Mayambela told Kickoff.com.

"If you look at the Premier League in England when the Arab investors [the Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan-backed City Football Group] came and bought Manchester City, they didn’t change the club.

"When West Ham United was bought, the new owners never changed the club or relocated it. It won’t make sense if someone could buy Arsenal and take it to Manchester. It shows the kind of respect they have for the culture of these clubs and the heritage and history behind them.

"I believe it is something the PSL can also look into, especially for [cases] like Celtic's. Imagine if someone buys Kaizer Chiefs and they bring it to Cape Town, it doesn’t make sense and it won’t make sense.

"There is no amount of money that can buy such history, heritage and culture, so I believe the PSL can look into that and intervene in some way. I don’t know the answer, and this is an emotional opinion, but I think there is more that the league can do in such cases in the future, and I hope things will change."

This article is adapted from the full interview with Thibang Phete in the October edition of Kick Off Magazine. The latest copy can be purchased online here or in store for R25.

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