Platinum Stars have secured the signature of Zimbabwean striker Terence Mandaza, who was on trial at the club recently.
After signing highly rated Neil Tovey as coach, Stars have continued the momentum by finalising a two-year deal with Mandaza.
A source at the club told The Sunday Standard that the striker, who was playing for Township Rollers in Botswana, signed on the dotted line earlier on Friday.
“He has done very well during the trials and the technical team of David Vilakazi and Willem Jackson agreed to sign him. Hopefully he will do the same as he did in Botswana,” said the source.
Team manager Obed Legobate would neither confirm nor deny the news. Mandaza joins Stars after scoring a record 43 goals in the domestic competitions last season and is a huge loss to Township Rollers.
Only a few days are left before the Botswana transfer window closes and the team is yet to find his replacement.
Mandaza, however, faces a mammoth task of excelling but might find it easy to adapt because he will be based in the Northwest Province, which has similar weather to that of Botswana.
Mandaza is the second outstanding Rollers striker to sign with a South African side. The first one was the late Joseph Chikoti who joined Wits University in 1996. He did not do well and ended up being loaned to the now defunct Vaal Professionals and ended up retuning to Botswana.
Rollers pride itself as the best exporter of players to the South African market. Players like Phenyo Mongala (Orlando Pirates), Mogogi Gabonamong (Cape Town Santos) and even coach Major David Bright at Bay United were doing duty for Rollers before going to South Africa.
Additional reporting by Soccer laduma.