WHEN a rich individual or entity takes over a football club, it’s only natural for players to welcome the move, which if all things equal must translate to better fortunes for them.
Playing for a struggling club can be one of the most depressing situations a football player can go through.
Checking one’s bank account at the end of the month only to be met with a negative bank balance is a depressing situation.
When Royal AM – the rich new boys in the South African DStv Premiership – took over the Bloemfontein Celtics franchise last year in August, Zimbabwean left-back Ronald Pfumbidzai must have been an excited fella.
Why wouldn’t he?
After all, Royal AM is owned by flamboyant South African businesswoman and reality TV star Shawn Mkhize.
But that excitement soon turned into dejection.
Pfumbidzai has not kicked the ball in a professional match since Mkhize took over the reins of his former club Bloemfontein Celtics.
Bloemfontein Celtics had been struggling for years with their financial books in the red.
Players and coaches went months on end without salaries.
B-Metro Sport has established that Pfumbidzai has walked out of Royal AM as the January transfer bell continues to ring.
Also, on the way out is Lucky Baloyi who is headed to Maritzburg United after an injury left him with a single appearance in 2021.
“Like any other player, I want game time and I think it’s time for me to move and find another club.
Last year was difficult for me but I have to pick myself up and see what the new year has in store for me,” Pfumbidzai said.
The player declined to comment on his intended move to DStv Premiership side Chippa United, a club B-Metro understands wants to sign the player.
Many will remember Chippa United as the club owned by trigger happy owner Siviwe Mpengesi, best known for firing and hiring coaches at the blink of an eye.
Warriors coach Norman Mapeza is one casualty of Mpengesi’ trigger happy tendencies.