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TTM to offload entire Wits squad

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzhivhandila CEO Sello Chokoe say the new Premier Soccer League club are working with Bidvest Wits to clear their wage bill.

The owners of TTM bought the franchise of the Clever Boys, which will see them compete in the South African top-flight next season..

Wits will cease to exist in its current form, with a number of players set to be released, while Wits boss Gavin Hunt won't be retained.

Speaking to KickOff, Chokoe explained that the current Wits' players and former SuperSport United boss are too expensive for the current GladAfrica Championship side.

He said: "We will make a proper announcement when it comes to the new players and the new technical staff.

"Ja look, we respect Gavin Hunt, he's a good coach, he's high quality, but I think it will be difficult for us to afford him because we spent a lot of money now buying the team so we'll want to actually run the team with a reasonable budget.

"If you want Gavin Hunt you must be willing to pay a lot money. It's like wanting to drive a Lamborghini, you must be willing to pay a lot so we are not at that stage, we've spent a lot of money buying the team. And it will be difficult for us to afford a coach of Gavin's calibre."

Chokoe added: "Ja look we are not trying to be selfish. Most teams they were actually after Wits players even before the team was sold. And we are free to allow those players to go because you know part of the reason we cannot afford them is because we used a lot of money to buy the team.

"So, their salary bill is so huge that it might be difficult for us to run. So we are selling them to other teams. We are working together [with Wits] to sell them, all these players."