Mpofu in a bid to buy Cosmos
SABC Chief Executive Dali Mpofu has emerged as one of a group of mystery businessmen involved in a bid to buy struggling Mvela Golden League football team, OR Tambo Cosmos.
The Daily Dispatch reports that Mpofu leads an unnamed consortium of businessmen with Eastern Cape ties, which has been approached to buy the Mthatha-based side.
The newspaper claims that Mpofu has been holding talks with Cosmos boss Loyiso Magqaza over the possibility of getting involved in the club for the past six months.
Magqaza, who at first was reluctant to confirm Mpofu?s possible involvement with the club, eventually admitted it to the Daily Dispatch.
"I did not want to reveal this until we both had signed on the dotted line, but since you seem to have information I may as well admit that I have indeed approached Mpofu," said Magqaza.
Mpofu was equally evasive when asked for confirmation: "All I can say is that yes I have been approached and the prospect looks exciting, but I have not made a decision yet."
Mpofu refused to comment further, however, avoiding questions on whether his involvement with the Mvela League side would not compromise his position at the SABC.
SABC has a contract with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to broadcast all PSL and Mvela League matches. His position at the SABC could therefore be a stumbling block around any involvement with Cosmos.
When the same question was posed to Magqaza, he responded: "The plan is for them to pump money into the club and allow me to run it as I have been doing.
"They will use their connections to raise sponsors and other marketing mechanisms. To be honest with you, this is what I have been looking for."