Local News 7.9.2016 11:21 am

Morfou brothers relaunch Black Aces

Mario Morfou, co-chairman of  Alex Black Aces (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Mario Morfou, co-chairman of Alex Black Aces (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

The Morfou brothers, George and Mario, have confirmed their return to football by announcing the relaunch of the Alex Black Aces.

At the end of last season, the Morfou brothers sold Mpumalanga Black Aces’ Premiership status to John Comitis, who moved it to Cape Town and renamed it Cape Town City.

The brothers then bought the status of ABC Motsepe side Tornado FC and changed their name to Alex Black Aces.

“While we understand the plight of our Mpumalanga fans we have decided to re-enter the football space in the ABC Motsepe League under our brand of Aces,” said the Morfou brothers in a statement.

“We are extremely excited to relaunch under the Alex banner and intend making our brand a true South African footprint.

Our academy and youth development has been based in Gauteng for some eight years and from a pure business demographics [point of view] had to combine our football assets.

“Alex is strategically a few kilometrs from our facilities and is where we will play and position the next phase of Aces. We will play all our home games at the Alex Stadium and plan to build up to PSL within the next few years.

“The sale of Aces to Cape Town City was based purely on a business decision, and we reluctantly sold – but it was a bitter pill to swallow! After much persuasion we decided to buy a lower league club and am extremely excited by our reception in Alex.

”We assure all that this is about development and aim at integrating the vast amount of talent into our youth structures.

“We are already working with various iconic people and structures in Alex including Alfred Phiri, Shakes Kungwane’s family, Alex Schools, SAFA, Alex Legends & Masters Leagues & local government.

“We are also very close to our old Witbank structures and while we fully understand their misery, can promise our support!”

Alex Black Aces will be coached by former University of Pretoria and AmaZulu coach Steve Barker.

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