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Mandaza, Mwanjali shine on debuts

[Posted 23 Sep 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Mandaza scored on debut for Platinum Stars

The long awaited debuts for Terrence Mandaza and Method Mwanjali finally happened in style last night, when both players featured for their respective clubs in Premier Soccer League action in South Africa last night.

Terrence Mandaza's move to South Africa made headlines a few months ago because of his record-making performances in Botswana's topflight league.

Mandaza, after much speculation in the media, signed for North-West side Platinum Stars on the back of a fruitful season in Botswana which brought him accolades such as the Player of the Season, Players' Player of the season and Golden boot awards. He scored an unprecedented 42 goals in one season.

Unfortunately for the man they nicknamed "Terror" in Botswana, his arrival at the Royal Bafokeng Palace was greeted by a harm-string injury which kept him out of Owen da Gama's team for the last three games. Mandaza kicked his heels in frustration on the sidelines as he witnessed his teammates struggle to score goals in those first three games of the season.

That all changed on Mandaza's return to action yesterday. Though his debut did not result in Stars' second win of the season, the team at least enjoyed scoring two goals, and  Mandaza made a contribution.

Terror, who played the full 90 minutes for Stars last night against visiting Amazulu, scored Dinaledi's equaliser after his team had fallen 1-2 with only 8 minutes left on the clock.  Mandaza was naturally ecstatic.

"It has been always my dream to play in the PSL and it was a great feeling to score a goal in my first game for Stars. As a striker, my job is to score goals and when you put the ball in the net that brings more confidence of doing well in front of goals,"  Mandaza told Kick-Off.

Mandaza was wise enough to avoid putting himself under pressure by predicting the number of goals he will score this season.

"It is my first season in the PSL and I donít want to put more pressure on myself by predicting the number of goals I will score.
 
"I want to be given a chance to adjust to the standard of football in the country and then after that we can start talking about the number of goals that I want to score for Platinum Stars," Mandaza added.

Meanwhile, Mwanjali played a full game on his debut for Mamelodi Sundowns. His club won the league match by a slender 1-0 margin against another in-form team Santos of Cape Town.

The Pretoria side also had two other Zimbabweans on the team sheet. Captain Esrom Nyandoro played the full game, while Nyasha Mushekwi only lasted until the 63rd minute, when he was substituted by super-substitute Mabhudi Khenyeza. Lionel Mtizwa was a 90th minute substitute.

Sundowns are leading the log with 12 points after four games, and have maintained their 100% record in the league thus far.



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