JOHANNESBURG, December 29 – Former Mpumalanga Black Aces owners, brothers George and Mario Morfou, are reportedly looking to buy Platinum Stars and relocate the North West province club to Johannesburg.
There has been ongoing speculation that Stars may be forced into selling their top-flight franchise due to financial difficulties, and head coach Roger De Sa was recently quoted saying that he expects there to be new owners by January.
It was just over 18-months ago that the Morfou brothers took the decision to sell Aces to John Comitis, who moved the club down south and formed Cape Town City.
At the time, the Aces management released a statement saying that the decision was made in order to allow them to focus on the family business, a hospitality and logistics company.
But now, according to a source quoted by KickOff, the brothers are ready to return to the game.
“There have been meetings. There is progress. The Marfou brothers are determined to buy the club,” claimed the source.
“The only challenge now is to relocate the club from Rustenburg to Johannesburg. The discussions are ongoing.”
Businessman Thabo Mokgatle has also been linked to a takeover of the Rustenburg-based club.
Dikwena are third from bottom on the league table, having climbed out of the relegation zone after picking up eight points from their five matches before Christmas.
After Cape Town City, AmaZulu became the latest team to buy a top-flight franchise when they took over from newly-promoted Thanda Royal Zulu ahead of the current season.
African News Agency (ANA)