Moroka Swallows in talks to buy Free State Stars' status

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Swallows are set to play in the ABC Motsepe League after being relegated from the National First Division last season.

According to a source close to the matter, Swallows and Stars have been engaged in several meetings in the past few weeks and a deal could go through this week if the parties agree on terms, and the deal is approved by the PSL.

“Both clubs are talking and the deal could happen anytime soon if approved by the PSL,” says the source.

“The clubs were supposed to meet at the PSL offices yesterday as part of the process to finalise the deal but it was postponed because there was another meeting involving all the PSL teams.”

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is part of the consortium leading Swallows' negotiations. They have been talking to a number of clubs regarding the possibility of a takeover, with Stars finally relenting.

An Italian consortium is also rumoured to be involved in developments having had advances to buy Swallows turned down two years ago.

Efforts to get hold of Ea Lla Koto general manager Rantsi Mokoena proved futile after he failed to pick up or return our calls.

One PSL club has already been sold this off-season after John Comitis bought Mpumalanga Black Aces from the Morfou brothers and relocated the club to Cape Town, under the new name Cape Town City.