AmaZulu buy back into SA top flight

Roggert Nyundu of AmaZulu Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

AmaZulu have bought their way into South Africa's Premier Soccer League after purchasing the PSL status of promoted club Thanda Royal Zulu.

KwaZulu-Natal side Thanda cruised to the National First Division title last season and with it won automatic promotion to the Premiership, while Usuthu finished a disappointing fifth -- outside the promotion playoff positions.

However, AmaZulu will now campaign in the top league in the 2017-18 season as Thanda participate in the First Division as Richard's Bay FC.

The PSL confirmed three sale applications on Thursday.

"The Executive Committee of the Premier Soccer League has approved three sale transaction applications concerning member clubs of the League," a statement read.

"The consequences of the decision for the coming season are that: the club formerly known as Thanda Royal Zulu will campaign in the Premier Division of the League under the name AmaZulu Football Club and be located in Durban;

"Richards Bay Football Club will campaign in the National First Division and be located in Richards Bay;

"The club formerly known as FC Cape Town will campaign in the National First Division under the name of Ubuntu Cape Town Football Club."

AmaZulu came close to purchasing the status of Mpumalanga Black Aces in 2015 but were denied in their application to the PSL on that occasion.

Aces' status was subsequently bought by former Ajax Cape Town chairman John Comitis last year and the club was renamed Cape Town City. They won the domestic league cup in their maiden season.