Sukazi plans to buy and relocate Celtic

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TS Galaxy owner Tim Sukazi has confirmed that he will relocate Bloemfontein Celtic from Free State to Mpumalanga if a deal to buy the club can be finalised.

Sukazi is in the process of acquiring the Absa Premiership status of Phunya Sele Sele as he aims to bring top-flight football to the rural village of Kameelrivier in Kwandebele.

Siwelele supporters are said to be unhappy about the possibility of losing their beloved team.

The TS Galaxy owner, who will need to sell the GladAfrica Championship club, also reveals that he will engage with the Celtic supporters once everything has been finalised on May 31.

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"I have not as yet directly engaged with Celtic fans because we first need to reach the financial closure on the deal, which is scheduled for the end of this month," Sukazi tells KickOff.com.

"However, the Celtic fans are very important and we will certainly engage with them when all is concluded. It will be premature to engage them now just in case some things don't work out for whatever reason.

"Yes, people in Mpumalanga are now very excited about the prospect of having a team in the PSL. They are really looking forward to it, more especially communities in KwaNdebele where the strong base of our supporters is situated."

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Sukazi says there is no possibility of keeping the club in Bloemfontein.

"No, the team will definitely relocate but that won't mean we will abandon the supporters in Bloemfontein. I have a special admiration for those supporters and will certainly come up with something special for them," he says.

"At the end of the day they have been worried for some time about the team's state of affairs and will be happy to see a move that will rescue the team."

Sukazi says the club will definitely no longer be called Bloemfontein Celtic once everything is finalised.

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"The name change is a no-brainer. Like I said, I've always loved Celtic supporters and we will certainly come up with something special for them," he adds.

"As a supporter it's not nice to see your team going through difficulty. So our coming on board will put away a number of those difficulties."

It was reported by Sunday World that Sukazi will need to come up with at least R60-million for Celtic's status while the sale of Galaxy is likely to bring in a few million.

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