TS Galaxy announce their acquisition of the Premier Division status of Highlands Park

Galaxy owner Tim Sukazi and TS Galaxy coach Dan “Dance” Malesela during the GladAfrica Championship match between Pretoria University FC and Ajax Cape Town at ABSA Tuks Stadium on December 10, 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Galaxy owner Tim Sukazi and TS Galaxy coach Dan “Dance” Malesela during the GladAfrica Championship match between Pretoria University FC and Ajax Cape Town at ABSA Tuks Stadium on December 10, 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa.
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TS Galaxy have announced they have acquired the Premier Division status of Highlands Park.

Park chairman Brad Kaftel on Thursday morning confirmed the sale to GladAfrica Championship outfit Galaxy‚ owned by lawyer and former agent Tim Sukazi‚ and said the Premier Soccer League (PSL) had on Wednesday evening approved the deal.

The sale had been up in the air for a few days as the Premier Soccer League (PSL) held back on an approval. This was reportedly regarding the deal not falling in line with section 112 of the Companies Act‚ which states that all shareholders need to be on board if a company is sold.

Sinky Mnisi‚ a 20 percent owner of Highlands‚ had reportedly been against the sale.

Kaftel denied this was the reason‚ saying the delay in the process was simply because such deals are required to go through lengthy machinations.

“No‚ that’s wrong. That is not true‚” Kaftel said.

“To be honest with you‚ I’m a 29 percent shareholder. So the notion that Brad is the powerful 70‚ 80 percent shareholder is not correct.

“Sinky has 20; another shareholder‚ he’s quite private – I don’t really want to give his name out – has 31 percent. And Larry Brookstone has 20 percent.

“ … In our contract‚ for example‚ that we signed in June Tim had to come up with the money and that took a while‚ and in that contract there’s a relegation clause.

“We had 31 points with six games to go‚ but mathematically we could get relegated. In reality what that did was you were only able to go to the PSL once that was cleared.

“And with two games to go in late August we were still mathematically not safe.

“ ... So this whole protracted process had to clear that hurdle. Eventually we did go to the PSL‚ and they don’t meet every week. They needed more from us and we eventually gave it to them and they approved it last night.”

Galaxy on Thursday morning released a statement also confirming the sale.

“TS Galaxy Football Club is proud to officially announce the acquisition of the status of Premiership division club‚ Highlands Park FC‚” Galaxy’s statement read.

“The acquisition comes at the back of lengthy and delicate discussions‚ where a mutual agreement was finally reached by both parties which will see TS Galaxy Football Club campaigning in the Premier Division ... as of the 2020/21 season.

“As a result‚ TS Galaxy FC’s status in the GladAfrica Championship has been sold back to its former holders‚ Cape Town All Stars.”

Highlands Park are the second Premier Division franchise sold in the 2019-20 season‚ with Bidvest Wits having been sold to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC.

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