Approved: TS Galaxy in the PSL

Premiership

Tim Sukazi has made it third time lucky in his quest to purchase a PSL status after the League approved his deal to buy Highlands Park.

The lawyer and businessman knocked on the door at Bloemfontein Celtic and Bidvest Wits earlier this year but has now finally sealed the status he desired.

KickOff.com has been furnished with official correspondence that confirms the approval of the Executive Committee of the National Soccer League for the sale of Highlands Park to TS Galaxy.

Dan Malesela will be Galaxy's new head coach with Mabhuti Khenyeza expected to lead the MultiChoice Diski Challenge team.

Former Bidvest Wits coach Ashley Makhanya, Esau Mtsweni and Thabo Nthethe are also all set for new roles under Sukazi's new regime.

Sukazi will relocate his new franchise to Mpumalanga next season with Mbombela Stadium as their home venue after selling his GladAfrica Championship status back to former Cape Town All Stars owner Lunga Ncwana.

After Bidvest Wits and Highlands Park were sold this year, view the last 11 PSL clubs that either disappeared or changed owners

Highlands Park also confirmed the PSL's approval of the sale to KickOff.com in an official statement, which in part reads:

'Highlands Park has accumulated significant debt over the past six years while competing in professional football despite the sponsorships that was paid to the club. The full proceeds of the sale will be used to settle these debts. No funds will be available for distribution to any shareholder. Highlands Park is a BBBEE Level 2 entity with 51% Black Ownership...

'Highlands Park has been associated with professional football initially since 1969. The owners of the brand at the time exited in 1982 having accumulated multiple trophies in South African football. Under new ownership and management Highlands Park re-entered the world of professional football in 2014, having won promotion from the 4th tier Castle League and 3rd tier ABC Motsepe League.

'Highlands Park is planning to take a break for a year or two, after which we plan to make a comeback to professional football. All the professional players in the PSL team as well as the Head Coach will move over to the new owners. However all the MDC and youth players will remain with Highlands Park and compete in amateur leagues. With these young players Highlands Park will rebuild for the future...

'Please be patient with us – we have some fantastic young players and we will bounce back much wiser and stronger and we will reignite your passion that is an inspiration to all football lovers across South Africa.'

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