- Platinum Stars officials have confirmed the club will move from North West to Cape Town and will be called Cape Umoya United
- The club said it was still deciding which players and staff would be retained after it was relegated from the PSL
- In January, the club was sold to a group of investors which includes coach Roger da Sa
Platinum Stars officials have confirmed that the club would be moving from Rustenburg in the North West to Cape Town and would change its name to Cape Umoya United. The move was rumoured after a group of investors, which includes coach Roger da Sa, purchased the club in January.
The club was relegated from the Premier Soccer League (PSL) this season and will start the new chapter of its existence in the National First Division (NFD).
The club’s official spokesperson Tebogo Mochadibane confirmed the news earlier on Tuesday and said the all the rumours about a move and rebranding were true.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the club said it was still in the process of establishing which players, technical staff and general staff would be retained.
Mochadibane said he doubted that all of the technical staff would be retained because the NFD required less staff to travel with the team than the PSL does.
KickOff.co.za reported that certain players who were out of contract or had signed with other teams would not move to Cape Town. The club would engage and negotiate with its remaining players about who would move to the Mother City.
The move comes as a blow for professional football in the North West, which will now have no representation in either the PSL or NFD next season. This means the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg will become a white elephant.
The stadium was purposefully built for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Roger da Sa is believed to be the main motivation for the move to the Western Cape. Da Sa is well-known to have preferred Cape Town or Stellenbosch as the club’s new home. TimesLive.co.za reported that he is expected to establish a youth academy in Cape Town.
Da Sa recently revealed that he and his team were busy rebuilding the club from scratch.
The move brings the number of Cape Town’s NFD teams to at least three and possibly four, depending on whether Ajax Cape Town succeeds in overturning the ruling which relegated the club in controversial style.
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