Platinum Stars offer Hunt sweet deal

2010-07-07 00:00

GAVIN Hunt is the massive fish that ambitious Platinum Stars are trying to land. The coach who won the PSL three times reportedly met club officials last week.

Stars are said to be willing to allow Hunt free rein at the club and they will tempt the perennial league winner with a salary that at least matches predecessor Steve Khompela’s whopping R250 000 a month.

If a deal is truck, Stars will also have to pay out a hefty compensation fee to Hunt’s current club, SuperSport United.

Ironically, Khompela insists that his time at Stars is still not over. The former national under-23 minder is apparently enlisting the support of board members who support his vision of how the club should be run, with a view to being reinstated.

In other news, Moroka Swallows’ teen sensation, Sibusiso Khumalo, has signed for Mamelodi Sundowns.

Khumalo was previously linked with the Chloorkop-based club during the 2009/10 campaign, and after a superb season, a deal between the two parties has been finalised.

The defender attracted the interest of a number of PSL clubs, including Kaizer Chiefs, and attention from German club Wolfsburg and a club in Greece.

Khumalo participated in the U20 World Cup with Amajita in Egypt last year and caught the attention of international scouts.

Confirming the news, Khumalo told Laduma: “This has been one of my dreams. I have always wanted to represent my home town [Durban] and this gives me the chance to show the other youngsters that we can do it. My dream is to keep on moving and play for Bafana Bafana.”

Sundowns have signed former Free State Stars coach Ian Gorowa, who will be the second assistant to Antonio Lopez. The other assistant is former development coach Zipho Dlangalala.

Meanwhile, Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder Patrick Malokase has joined Orlando Pirates.

Malokase had been strongly rumoured to have signed a pre-contract agreement with the Buccaneers, though he denied this at the time. He has signed a two-year deal with a one-year option to renew.

He arrived in Johannesburg last Thursday and has been training with his new team-mates.

Pirates have moved swiftly to explain the absence of Zvenyika Makonese, Phenyo Mongala and Josephy Kamwendo from the first day of pre-season training last week.

Administrative officer Floyd ­Mbele revealed that the players had made special arrangements with the club’s management and are expected back in the country soon.

“Phenyo, for instance, was involved in the Afcon qualifiers with Botswana, so he’s been given some time off. All the guys who were part of their national teams, be it for friendly or official games, during June have been given intermittent breaks,” he said.

Midfielder Teko Modise, goalie Moeneeb Josephs and defender Lucas Thwala will also report for pre-season after July 16 as they have been given extended leave due to their World Cup commitments.

 

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