Marumo Gallants complete Moroka Swallows takeover and move to Bloemfontein

The Dube Birds have now relinquished their top-flight status after the acquisition  

Marumo Gallants have completed the purchase of Moroka Swallows FC, effectively returning to the PSL after the former experienced financial difficulties.

A statement from Gallants said on Thursday that the deal had received the greenlight of the Premier Soccer League with the future of the Limpopo-based club now unclear.

“Following the final approval of the Premier Soccer League, (PSL) today, Marumo Gallants Football Club officially confirms the acquisition of Moroka Swallows Football Club. Gallants will take over Swallows with immediate effect. The club also confirms that home games for the upcoming season will be played in Bloemfontein,” said the statement.

Gallants will now occupy Swallows’ place in the PSL

“Gallants will provide more details of plans once staff, technical teams and players have been addressed. At this stage, the club will not be issuing further comments or taking interviews – a date will be communicated for a press briefing that will take place shortly.”

Gallants will now occupy Swallows’ place in the PSL after the club survived relegation for a second straight year with the people of Bloemfontein set to have a club in the top flight.

The sale put to bed recent rumours over the future of Swallows who have been said to be on the market after owner David Mogashoa was forced to support the club from his pocket due to lack of sponsors.

The Swallows hierarchy feared expulsion from the PSL

Swallows’ top brass feared the situation could see them expelled from the PSL, accumulate more debts and face more fines from FIfa over nonpayment of players’ salaries.

With the changes, the futures of the Swallows players and technical bench now lies in the hands of new owner Abram Sello who will likely ring the changes for a better campaign in 2024-25.

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