The National Soccer League has approved the purchase of Highlands Park by TS Galaxy owner, Tim Sukazi.
That’s after the lawyer and businessman had previously attempted to buy Bloemfontein Celtic and Bidvest Wits.
Dan Malesela will be Galaxy’s new head coach, with Mabhuti Khenyeza expected to lead the MultiChoice Diski Challenge team. Former Bidvest Wits coach, Ashley Makhanya, Esau Mtsweni and Thabo Nthethe are also all set for new roles under Sukazi’s new regime.
Sukazi will relocate his new franchise to Mpumalanga next season after selling his GladAfrica Championship status back to former Cape Town All Stars owner, Lunga Ncwana.
“Highlands Park has accumulated significant debt over the past six years while competing in professional football, despite the sponsorships that were paid to the club,” said a statement from the club. “The full proceeds of the sale will be used to settle these debts. No funds will be available for distribution to any shareholder. Highlands Park has been associated with professional football initially since 1969. The owners of the brand at the time exited in 1982, having accumulated multiple trophies in South African football. Highlands Park is planning to take a break for a year or two, after which we plan to make a comeback to professional football. All the professional players in the PSL team as well as the head coach will move over to the new owners. However, all the MDC and youth players will remain with Highlands Park and compete in amateur leagues.”