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This club is not for sale - Richards Bay owner Jomo Biyela

Richards Bay FC celebrate after the GladAfrica Championship match against Cape Town Spurs held at King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on 15 May 2022. Picture: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

Richards Bay FC celebrate after the GladAfrica Championship match against Cape Town Spurs held at King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on 15 May 2022. Picture: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

Published May 16, 2022

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Johannesburg - Richards Bay FC secured promotion to the DStv Premiership for the first time in the club's history after playing out to a goalless stalemate in their final match of the season and were crowned GladAfrica Championship champions of the 2021/2022 season.

In the midst of all the celebrations at the King Zwelithini Stadium, the Natal Rich Boyz owner, Sfiso 'Jomo' Biyela took time to address the club's supporters and assured those present that the club was not up for sale at any price.

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"This club is not for sale, this is my club and there's no offer on earth that I could possibly consider. Therefore to anyone that's even dreaming about making an offer for this club, I can assure you now that you're gonna be wasting your time," he said.

The Kwazulu-Natal based club's future caused a stir amongst football fans as varied permutations did the rounds before their final match.

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Reminders of Thanda Royal Zulu, who were crowned champions in 2017 but opted to sell their status to AmaZulu, flooded the minds of many KZN football supporters but Biyela eased all those worries including those of his players.

Khetha Shabalala, who has been a rock in the heart of defence for the champions, paid tribute to Biyela and his leadership.

"We are very pleased with our chairman's announcement. This is an opportunity to fulfil a lot of our childhood dreams for a lot of us and for him to reward us for everything we've given throughout the season is remarkable," he said.

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"The chairman has been very supportive throughout the season. As much as he lets the coach do his job, but sometimes he would pitch up at training sessions just to remind us of our goals and offer us incentives for when we do reach them. "

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Shabalala was one part of the strongest defence in the GladAfrica Championship. Richards Bay finished the campaign having conceded the fewest goals in the league but the colossal Shabalala believes the difficult periods they experienced during the season pulled them even closer.

"We had an incredibly difficult season because there aren't any easy games in this league. We have had to remain positive through injuries and bad results," he said.

"The key to our season was definitely our consistency in performances, we could almost predict our starting eleven for the majority of the time."

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