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Mandaza to leave Platinum Stars?

[Posted 02 Feb 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Has Mandaza"s contract been terminated by Platinum Stars after just a few months?

Reports emanating from Rustenburg are indicating that Platinum Stars are set to announce the shock departure of Zimbabwean striker and former Botswana Player of the Season Terrence Mandaza, just a few months into his contract.

Mandaza was a pre-season acquisition by the Royal Bafokeng owned outfit.

Rumours doing the rounds around Rustenburg are that the player has already had his contract terminated by the club at the end of the January transfer window, for having failed to live up to expectations at the Dinaledi.

It is difficult to understand how a club which paid a reported sum of R1.2 million for the 25 year-old player can part ways with such an expensive acquisition in that fashion, unless there are grounds of misconduct for such an action.

Even the Dinaledi General Manager Jason Rainer  refused to be drawn into confirming or denying the developments regarding Terror's contract.

“We are still in the process of finalizing the contracts of certain players," Rainer said.

“There are a couple of players whose contracts are being looked at and Mandaza is one of them. It is just a matter of crossing the tees and Platinum Stars will then be in a position to release an official statement, but until then, I cannot comment,” declared Rainer.

What is worrying in Rainer's response is that it is too diplomatic to reveal anything. It is intersting though to note that Rainer is not categorically denying the rumours.

Could there be grains of truth in the rumour?

Mandaza arrived at Stars, after having broken goal scoring records in Botswana topflight league after scoring 43 goals in one season (only last season).

Terror was then voted Player of the Season by the Botswana soccer league and Players' Player of the Year by his peers after terrorising defenders in the Southern Africa country's topflight league last season.

Beezsports understands that before the transfer deadline, clubs like Maritzburg United wanted a loan deal for Mandaza, and it is not clear why Stars could not agree on such a deal, only to terminate the player's contract a few days later.

There are possibilities around this story.

The first possibility is that the story may not be true.

Secondly, if the story is true, then there is more than what meets the eye in the story.

One explanation could be that the club delayed to agree a loan deal for the player, and they are now trying to make amends by terminating his contract so that he can be a free agent and quickly find a club.

Again, the above explanation does not make much financial sense given the more than a million rands spent to purchase the player. At least the club could have done something to recoup costs incurred. 

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