Moroka Swallows’ woes have accelerated to another level as the club chairman David Mogashoa has informed this publication that Goldrush was declined by the PSL as the club’s next potential sponsor.
Mogashoa said PSL lawyer Michael Murphy declined Goldrush, despite the club in desperate need for a new sponsorship right now.
Goldrush is a premium online gaming entertainment, including sports betting, live games, gold reels, bet games, skill games, promotions, and much more.
Mogashoa is battling financially with Swallows, as his players downed tools as they were not paid before Christmas Day, which led to the club informing the PSL to cancel two matches – against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday and Golden Arrows on Saturday – as the players refused to play.
The Swallows chairman insisted that the players were unfair to him because they knew that they were going to be paid by the end of December as per their contractual agreements.
“Michael Murphy stopped the deal and didn’t even go to Exco of the PSL,” Mogashoa told iDiski Times.
“The league is protecting itself and apparently, they want to sign with a betting sponsorship, and they are not saying who.”
Goldrush, though, were unwilling to sign a declaration agreement put in place by the PSL after previous issues with Cape Town City, who brought SportPesa in as a sponsor.
“This declaration is to protect that sponsor we don’t know who it is,” added Mogashoa.
“But if you have a betting company that is sponsoring the club, that cannot stop another club from getting a similar sponsor.”
Arrows signed with 10Bet at the start of the season, and the deal was approved by PSL Exco.
“Swallows can have Cell C as a sponsor because Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are sponsored by Vodacom and Vodacom is not a league sponsor,” continued Mogashoa.
“The conflict of interest is with the league, not with the clubs [based on the sponsor that you may get]. If I were to get a Cell C sponsor, MTN [as they are also a telecommunication company] would still have to approve it because they are sponsoring the league [the MTN8].
“The PSL declined Telkom because Telkom wanted to stream Swallows games that were not live on TV.”
Moroka Swallows Football Club is set to be officially sold at the end of the Dstv Premiership since it has been declined sponsorship requests and there has been rumors that Maritzburg United or Bloemfontein Celtics will request to buy the club.