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Ex-Bafana star to sell Magic FC club

14 Jun 2019, 23:42 GMT+10

Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana striker George Dearnaley is selling his ABC Motsepe League franchise, The Magic FC‚ disillusioned with the South African third-tier and ready to take a bold new step in his own career.

According to TimesLIVE website, Dearnaley admits that he had a vision of following the Ajax Cape Town blueprint with using youth players to grow the club.

"When I bought the club seven years ago‚ the vision was of building a team that could win promotion to the National First Division and ultimately the Premier Soccer League," he said.

"We wanted to base the club on the Ajax Cape Town model of developing youth players for the first team and playing a uniform style‚ but the reality is that without money it is very difficult."

"We finished second in the ABC Motsepe League two years ago and we still have not received our R30 000 prize money from SAFA from the previous season.

"The ABC Motsepe League is treated with such disdain by officials‚ before you even start talking about the corrupt practices‚ and terrible and biased officiating.

"All we ever wanted‚ and maybe this is naïve of me‚ was to compete on a level playing field where you are given a fair chance to win games. But that is simply not the case."

Dearnaley says that he is in the final process of selling the club ABC Motsepe League status and that they have already merged with local club Norway Parks.

"We have partnered with Norway Parks‚ which was established in 1934 and has brought through the likes of Shaun Bartlett and current Cape Town City winger Craig Martin," he said.

"The team will be called Norway Parks Magic and the sole focus will be developing young players."

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