Sharp-shooting Mandaza joins Platinum Stars

JOHANNESBURG Red-hot Zimbabwean striker Terrence Mandaza last week joined South African ABSA Premiership club Platinum Stars, after several weeks on the hunt a club in the top flight division.

Mandaza, who spent last season scoring for fun in Botswanas Premier Soocer League, where he rattled the net 42 times in 33 games in all competitions for Township Rollers, has been trying to find a club in South Africa for the past 12 months, but with very little luck.

However, things took a turn for the better for the Zimbabwean player last Tuesday, when Dinaledi agreed on an undisclosed transfer fee with the Botswana side, after Stars held a meeting with?Rollers Chief Executive, Somerset Gobuiwang in Rustenburg that concluded the deal.

The Rustenburg-based side was set to agree on financial terms with the player, who nearly joined Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates.

Platinum Stars CEO Jason Raine confirmed that the deal for the Botswana Premier League Golden Boot winner has been sealed.

I am happy to tell you that Mandaza will be turning out for us this season and we are looking forward to a wonderful working relationship with him. He is a top class striker and we are hopeful that this will translate to better fortunes for us this season,

Raine told The Zimbabwean on Sunday last week.

Mandaza joins another Zimbabwean in goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini, who was the clubs first choice goalkeeper for last season.

The striker failed to move to the ABSA Premiership last season, after trying out with Mpumalanga Black Aces, while another bid to land a contract with both Ajax Cape Town and Pirates this season proved sterile.

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