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Mandaza's Platinum Stars deal confirmed!

[Posted 28 Jul 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Terrence Mandaza has completed his move to Platinum Stars

Zimbabwean striker Terrence Mandaza's move to Platinum Stars Football Club of South Africa has now been confirmed. Mandaza is believed to have signed a two year deal with Stars, with an option for further year. The financial details of the agreement have been kept under wraps by both teams.

It remains unclear whether this deal was signed yesterday or as early as Friday last week. The Sunday Standard broke the news of the deal as early as last Sunday. Other sections of the media appear to have learnt about this deal only yesterday. What matters however is the fact that the deal has now been finalised. The paper even goes as far as claiming Mandaza has already signed on the dotted lines.

The reigning Botswana Footballer of the year Mandaza has been linked with a move to the South African Premier Soccer League for many months now ever since he broke the goal scoring records in Botswana this year. Mandaza scored a total of 43 goals in all competitions in Botswana, breaking the previous record of not more than 31 goals per season previously held by another Zimbabwean Master Masitara who has since moved to Mozambique.

Kick-Off.com reports that Somerset Gobuiwang, the Chairperson of Township Rollers flew to Rustenburg to meet with Stars management yesterday to seal the deal for Mandaza which has been on the table for some time now.

What is left for the Royal Bafokeng sponsored outfit is to agree personal terms with the player. It is expected that that part of the deal will be completed before end of this week, Kick-Off claims.

Mandaza has been training with Dinaledi for more than a month now. When the media speculated that a deal had already been reached but was just awaiting finalisation, both Dinaledi and Rollers management teams declined to confirm the rumour. At one point Stars even claimed that the player would have to wait for the new coach (yet to be appointed) to arrive and confirm if he would be interested to sign the player.

Stars are excited to have finally secured their man.

“This is a very good player who can do the job for us. We are happy with everything, he is such a fantastic player and I am very confident that he will score goals. We can’t say much for now except to say we expect this guy to continue his scoring antics’’, Stars Assistant coach, David Vilakazi has told the Rollers website.

Mandaza is equally pleased that his dream to play in the PSL will be realised. He is grateful to the Rollers family.

“I am very happy here it is a professional setup and all this has happened because of Rollers' understanding and my loyalty to them. I can however rightly point out that I already miss the Rollers players, they were like a family to me and I want to go back to Botswana and bid them farewell.’’

Beezsports.com reported last week that even though the clubs were denying it, a deal had been reached and was just awaiting finalisation. Mandaza, who is believed to have already agreed personal terms with Dinaledi should now prove that his performance in Botswana last season was no fluke.

Terror's progress in the PSL will be good news to Warriors coach Norman Mapeza. The Warriors have lacked good finishers ever since Peter Ndlovu and Agent Sawu ended their international careers , and failed to score in about four of their 2010 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Of late Nyasha Mushekwi has put up his hand to follow in the footsteps of Ndlovu and Sawu, and may prove to be a good partner for Benjani, should the Zimbabwean captain find a club on time. The Warriors badly need another sharp-shooter in the mould of the goal-hungry Mandaza.

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