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Some Celtic Stars Not Keen ON KZN Move

After the PSL has confirmed the sale of Bloemfontein Celtic to Royal AM, some of the players are understood to be not keen to move to Kwa-Zulu Natal.

The Premier Soccer League confirmed the sale publicly on Tuesday morning, with Royal AM set to take part in the 2021/22 DStv Premiership campaign.

This publication has learned that most of the Bloem Celtic players were making their way to Durban yesterday (on Monday) to link up with their new club Royal AM. However, iDiski Times has been informed that some players are reluctant to relocate. 

Celtic had been going through financial challenges in the past few years and were prevented by a FIFA transfer ban from registering new players in the current transfer window until the PSL paid their former goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb the outstanding R3-million after he had won a case of unfair dismissal against the Free State club. 

Meanwhile, Royal AM, who were embroiled in some legal issues with the PSL as they were fighting for promotion after they were displaced at the top of the log in the GladAfrica Championship last season, are now focusing on building a team that will be playing its first game against Swallows FC in the DSTV Premiership this coming weekend. 

Royal AM CEO Sinky Mnisi, though, insisted they will be having a decent team come the weekend. 

“All the Celtic players who are contracted will be coming to us, we will have to honour their contracts and also mix them with the current squad that we have. We will also then see from the rest of the squad who is better than who,” he said.

The Durban based-club, has since sold their NFD status to Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila, who will relocate it, to Limpopo, but Mnisi also confirmed that TTM will not be using Royal AM’s players. 

“Also our players will not be moving to the GladAfrica Championship to TTM because we have only sold them a status and not the players,” he explained.

But iDiski Times has picked up that there was a meeting in Bloemfontein yesterday (on Monday), about players who did not want to relocate to Durban and according to the NSL Handbook, they would have to be handed their clearances and go and join the clubs of their choice. 

Story by Velile Mnyandu (@Velile_Mnyandu).

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