Mzuni attract South Africa interest
By Bernard Mhone:
TNM Super League side Mzuni FC’s woes have caught the attention of South Africa-based company Gokgotshe Projects, which wants to rescue the Green Intellectuals by buying the team.
This comes barely a fortnight after Mzuzu University management snubbed a K140 million sponsorship package from Central Health Medical Aid (CHMA).
Mzuni officials approached CHMA for help after the university withdrew support for non-student players.
Gokgotshe intends to buy Mzuni in partnership with Touchline Sports Management Agency.
According to a press release dated March 14 2019-signed by Gokgotshe’s Managing Director Kgomotso Pitseng, the company wants full ownership of the team.
In an interview with The Daily Times from South Africa on Friday, Pitseng confirmed the development.
She was, however, reluctant to disclose how much would be involved in the transaction but assured that the team would be run in a professional manner once the deal materialises.
“There are no set conditions yet but every player will be well looked after, whether student or not. The plan is to use the same model used in South Africa to manage the club as a proper business with proper structures. Malawi has great potential economically, with amazing hidden talent as well. We want to expose the talent through our purchase of Mzuni,” Pitseng said.
She further said Gokgotshe is not new in football as it has sponsored several teams in South Africa.
Commenting on the development, Mzuni Chairperson, Albert Harawa, said they have not yet discussed the matter with relevant authorities but said the prospective buyers should follow proper procedures.
“It is a positive development considering that the team has no sponsorship for non-student players but we are surprised with their approach. We first heard about this from the media. The letter came in very late and they have written it as if we had already discussed the transaction. But we will say more after discussions,” Harawa said.
The letter is copied to Football Association of Malawi and Super League of Malawi.
Gokgotshe is a subsidiary of HG Technologies, owned by a Malawian based in South Africa.
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