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Nale: Changes are too much when a team relocates

Abia Nale says a lot of Bloemfontein Celtic players will be affected if the sale and relocation of the Premier League club goes through.

Celtic are reportedly in the process of securing investment to ensure their survival as TS Galaxy bid to purchase the status of Phunya Sele Sele.

TS Galaxy boss Tim Sukazi hopes to buy the club and relocate to Mpumalanga, leaving Nale to warn of the impact the move could have on Celtic players.

The 33-year-old former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder experienced a similar situation at Rustenburg-based side Platinum Stars when the club was sold and re-emerged in Cape Town as Cape Umoya.

Nale saw his contract terminated and has been without a club since 2018.

He told the Sowetan: "Changes are too much when a team relocates and it disturbs players mentally. A new owner must give players assurance that their contracts and everything else will be taken care of.

"But if a team relocates, accommodation, transport and many things make players uncomfortable.

"It is not a good experience, to be honest. Either I had to go to Cape Town and or make a decision that I terminate the contract. They then give you your settlement and you part ways."

He added: "Relocating sometimes is not right, especially if things happen immediately because you have a family, you have kids who are going to school.

"A lot of players at Celtic are going to be affected. Remember, the person who is buying the club (Sukazi) has a team already (Galaxy). He will bring his players, so what will happen to the current Celtic squad? Maybe some might not want to relocate."