Veil of uncertainty shrouds game between Bloem Celtic, Maritzburg United

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A veil of uncertainty has shrouded the Absa Premiership game between Bloemfontein Celtic and Maritzburg United scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

Celtic players have embarked on strike, saying they will not return to the playing field until the club’s ownership dispute has been resolved. Businesswoman Sinki Leshabane and her associate, Tshwane City manager, Dr Moeketsi Mosola, have called off their bid to acquire the club.

They’ve accused club chairperson Max Tshabalala of failing to disclose financial records of the club and ownership documents. Leshabane says they are no longer on speaking terms with Tshabalala.

“As I’m a businessperson, if the risk is too high there’s no way you can get involved in such a deal. Because we had an operational agreement and one of the things in our sale of agreement was that the deal is going to go on due to one, two, three. So, if those things are not met we are not going to go through. We agreed to take out the money hence we had an operational agreement.”

Meanwhile, Tshabalala’s lawyer, Mandla Tshabalala, has rejected claims that his client flouted business practices.

“And you must remember the contract that they’ve signed is their contract; they’ve drafted their contract and now they’re moving away from this contract. They’re terminating the contract, saying the contract is null and void. So, we were taken aback. These people have pulled back and now it puts Mr Tshabalala in a very predicament situation.”