From Silver to Platinum Stars

2013-12-15 14:00

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Ahead of their third clash in less than three months, Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates possess some common elements.

One of them could come to the fore in tomorrow’s Absa Premiership fixture.

Stars have built their team in recent years from Pirates’ rejects.

Their current team sheet boasts seven former Buccaneers – five players, manager Senzo Mazingiza and assistant coach Willem Jackson.

But Stars still downplay the effects of this analogy, even though their double triumph over Pirates in recent cup competitions points to the “inside information” that has powered Dikwena over the Bucs.

Jackson is approaching his 11th season at Stars since his arrival from Pirates in 2004 and has observed his club’s rise from Silver Stars to Platinum Stars today.

“The environment at Stars is very relaxed and we have the resources at our disposal,” said Jackson, who alongside Allan Freese guided Stars to their second Telkom Knockout title at the expense of Pirates last weekend.

“I guess the difference between us and Pirates is that they are more under pressure to deliver.”

Jackson has now won the tournament as a player and a coach as he played in the inaugural final in 2006 for Stars.

Midfielder Solomon Mathe – whose various stints at Stars add up to seven years – is the only other member of the team who also has two Telkom Knockout winners’ medals.

Jackson said: “It is not about proving a point against them and it won’t be different when we face them in the league [tomorrow].”

And Mathe said: “Any player doesn’t want to lose against their former clubs and it is always a great feeling to beat Pirates. I still thank them for kick-starting my career.”

While Stars have upstaged Pirates twice in cup competitions – the MTN8 Cup and the Telkom Knockout – this year, Dikwena are still chasing an elusive league win over the Buccaneers since 2008.

Interestingly, Bucs coach Roger De Sa kick-started his tenure with a victory over Stars in September last year and completed a double league victory over them in the

second round.

The clash at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg tomorrow will also measure how far Stars can protect their impressive territorial run.

Freese’s side is yet to lose a league match at the Phokeng venue since their 0-1 defeat to Pirates there in September last year.

Jackson issued a warning:

“We set ourselves a target that no one will take the food out of our mouths at Royal Bafokeng.”

Other former Bucs at Dikwena

Benson Mhlongo

»?Joined Stars in July last year, having spent almost four years at Pirates.

Siphelele Mthembu

»?The 26-year-old was loaned out by Pirates to Golden Arrows late last season and signed a permanent deal with Dikwena in July last year.

Patrick Malokase

»?Malokase initially joined Stars on loan from Pirates during the January 2012 transfer window, but made his stay permanent after six months at Dikwena.

Takesure Chinyama

»?The Zimbabwean striker signed with Stars in July after he was released by Pirates during the off season.

Mduduzi Nyanda

»?Came through the Pirates development ranks, but didn’t get enough game time once he graduated to the first team.

He is in his second spell with Stars after short stints at SuperSport United and Bloemfontein Celtic.

PSL fixtures this week


Golden Arrows vs AmaZulu (King Zwelithini Stadium, 3.30pm)

Black Aces vs Free State Stars (KaNyamazane Stadium, 3.30pm)

SuperSport United vs Mamelodi Sundowns (Loftus Versfeld Stadium, 6pm)

Kaizer Chiefs vs University of Pretoria (FNB Stadium, 8.15pm)

Maritzburg United vs Bidvest Wits (Harry Gwala Stadium, 8.15pm)

Wednesday, December 18

Moroka Swallows vs Polokwane City (Dobsonville Stadium, 7.30pm)

Ajax Cape Town vs Bloemfontein Celtic (Cape Town Stadium, 7.30pm)

Thursday, December 19

Orlando Pirates vs University of Pretoria (Orlando Stadium, 7pm)

Mamelodi Sundowns vs Maritzburg United (Loftus Stadium, 7pm)

Golden Arrows vs Kaizer Chiefs (Moses Mabhida Stadium, 7pm

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