GSV Grading The Deal; Platinum Stars

Dikwena | Platinum Stars
Dikwena | Platinum Stars
The Ultimate Prize | The ABSA Premiership Trophy
The Ultimate Prize | The ABSA Premiership Trophy

The 2015/16 Premier Soccer League season is now officially underway, while football fanatics from far and wide all experience the mixed bag of emotions that come with being an avid football follower in such entertaining times, we at GSV have served you up a little morsel for thought as we begin to approach the end of the transfer window. Dished out for your reading pleasure, we present to you GSV Grading The Deal, were all the ABSA Premiership clubs will have their acquisitions dissected with the view of shedding more light on the shady world of transfer dealings. Enjoy!

ABSA Premiership

Platinum Stars Football Club

Signings

Mbongeni Mzimela

Transferred From: Chippa United

DoB: April 3rd, 1985 (30)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Goalkeeper

Siboniso Gumede

Transferred From: Mpumalanga Black Aces

DoB: September 14th, 1985 (29)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Cover Defender, Stopper Defender

Emmanuel Mathias

Transferred From: Mamelodi Sundowns

DoB: April 3rd, 1986 (29)

Nationality: Togolese/ Nigerian

Position/s: Stopper Defender, Cover Defender

Siyabonga Zulu

Transferred From: Orlando Pirates

DoB: August 22nd, 1993 (21)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Fullback, Wingback (Left)

Kulegani Madondo

Transferred From: AmaZulu FC

DoB: July 20th, 1990 (25)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Anchorman, Ball-Winning Midfielder, Box-To-Box Midfielder

Robin Ngalande

Transferred From: BidVest Wits (Loan)

DoB: November 11th, 1992 (22)

Nationality: Malawian

Position/s: Advanced Forward, Complete Forward, Poacher

Bongi Ntuli

Transferred From: Mamelodi Sundowns (Loan)

DoB: March 28th, 1991 (24)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Advanced Forward, Complete Forward, Target-Man

The Grand Stand View

Dikwena will have entered the new season with a desire to rectify the wrongs of the season gone by, while reaffirming their status as a true Top 8 fixture regardless of their squad make-up; 11th place is a disastrous return for a club with the pedigree Stars boast and the lack of consistency will be an issue they will need to address if they are to return to their winning ways and earn back their spot in the top half of the table.

The signings made by reappointed gaffer Cavin Johnson have gone a long way to reinforcing the roster while giving some players more competition for their places, which will aid in creating more of an ambitious atmosphere; although Stars have done excellently to retain the services of some of their premier talents, one cannot help but wonder if those same players haven’t become disillusioned with the stagnation of the club and have allowed complacency to creep into the entire squad due to their own dip in performances. Procuring the services of an elite level talent like Kulegani Madondo is a feather in Stars’ cap, the midfield anchorman will bring back that resilience we know them to have in the centre of the park and all the new signings will be eager to prove that they are the right men to help steer Dinaledi back to where they belong. One player worth watching with a keen eye will be goal poacher Bongi Ntuli, a player whose reputation seems to carry much weight even though he has yet to consistently show the class of a premier league or International level footballer in the sporadic appearances he has made over the last couple of seasons; Platinum Stars are known to take calculated risks when signing players that many would overlook, one prays that the potential within Bongi Ntuli will be allowed to flourish out in the North-West.

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