- The ANC in the Northern Cape has decided to buy a soccer team
- R30 million has been set aside to buy a team with the intention of competing in the PSL
- The idea came about in September last year as a way to increase sports tourism in the province
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The ANC in the Northern Cape has decided that it needs a football team to compete in the Absa Premier League (PSL) and plans on using government funds (taxpayers' money).
R30 million has earmarked for the deal and a name has already been chosen for the club - the Northern Cape Football Club.
Briefly.co.za learned that if the move goes ahead then the team will face off with the likes of the Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and the Mamelodi Sundowns.
The idea was first coined in September last year during a provincial executive committee meeting, according to ANC Northern Cape provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga.
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"We said the Free State is next to us and they have [PSL] soccer teams there, but for us we want to push sports tourism in the province," said Ngxanga.
"We then identified a sporting code that might fast-track the issue of sports tourism and that's when the idea of a soccer team came about."
The committee then handed over the project to the Northern Cape provincial government, according to TimesLive.
The PSL has said that should the new team materialise and a proposal land on his desk, they would then seek guidance on the matter.
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"Let's start by saying this would be the first of its kind because we have never been approached by any government structures about buying [a club franchise]," she said. "We would have to look at our rules." PSL chief executive Mato Madlala said.
The purpose of the team would be to increase sports tourism in the province, a football team could be a way of doing this. How the provincial government is going to go about buying a team is not certain yet.
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