If the soccer rumours are anything to go by, the former glory days of Moroka Swallows F.C. are numbered.
One man, who has been championing the fight to ensure this doesn't happen is, staunch Swallows fan and Gauteng MEC of education, Panyaza Lesufi.
The Dube Birds will in October, celebrate mark seven decades since their formation.
Lesufi says he refuses to allow his beloved club to die because of poor management and believes South Africa's soccer culture and league would be incomplete without Moroka Swallows.
Just imagine one day waking up and hearing Orlando Pirates no longer exists.— Panyaza Lesufi, staunch Moroka Swallows fan and Gauteng MEC of education
Lesufi goes on to say that soccer teams formed in the 1940s haven't under vigorous re-branding and re-positioning, adding that the current gloom hanging over the club is an opportunity for it resuscitate itself.
The team currently sits in the fourth division while The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has given the club until the 25th of July to pay an amount, close to R800 000 or face further relegation. This because previous owners failed to honour contractual agreements with their international players.
We've started a crowd funding initiative four days ago and we've already managed to see lots of people putting their support behind us.— Panyaza Lesufi, staunch Moroka Swallows fan and Gauteng MEC of education
While the club is undergoing a makeover, Lesufi says they plan to develop structures that will allow supporters to play an active role in re-branding the club and offer their additional help.
Lesufi says they have lobbied former soccer giant, Fani Madida to be part of the new team as well as academic experts. Supporters are welcome to buy shares within the football club says Lesufi.
To buy shares from Moroka Swallows sms: 21 Your name, surname and the number of shares you wish to purchase to 45901
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This article first appeared on 702 : Panyaza Lesufi is adamant The Dube Birds will soar again