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Free State Stars supporters want answers

Free Stars supporters have accused the team management of betraying their loyalty. Their bold statement comes after Stars management agreed in principle to sell the status of the team to the relegated Moroka Swallows.

The Dube Birds were relegated to the ABC Motsepe League from the first division last season. The deal is said to be in the range of about R55 million.

Small business supporters and the community of Bethlehem in the eastern Free State say they are devastated by the decision to sell their beloved soccer club.

They accuse management of failing to consult them. The decision to sell the eastern Free State-based club means the team will have to relocate to Johannesburg to prepare for a new season.

“We are not happy at all because this means we'll watch other teams play instead of our team. Free Stars is our team; it belongs here in Bethlehem. We are sad about the move. We were not even consulted. It shows that the management doesn't care about us,” says one supporter. 

Supporters say they need an explanation from the club's chairperson, Mike Mokoena. 

This is not the first time Ya Lla Koto management is selling the club. The club was previously bought out by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) when it reduced the teams from 18 to 16 some years ago.
Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

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