Stars set to shine bright on the field

2011-04-23 15:50

Platinum Stars are one of the only two clubs in the Absa Premiership League that can brag about having their own stadium – Royal ­Bafokeng Sport Palace – where they train and play their matches.

The other side with exclusive ­ownership of a ground are Bidvest Wits, who have a firm grip on the ­Bidvest Stadium.

But Stars, who are based in North West, are in a class of their own as they also have a distinguished world-class facility – Bafokeng Sports ­Complex – which hosted the England national team during the World Cup.

It consists of a high-performance centre with medical and fitness centres, six soccer fields (of which two are Fifa A-grade), two ­rugby fields, two artificial pitches, a five-a-side artificial pitch and an athletics track.

But despite all these conditions conducive to good training at their disposal, the club is still struggling to get positive results and are only placed 12th on the log.

Chairman George Khunou is convinced that Stars will soon turn the corner and become a force to be reckoned with.

After learning how to run a club for the past four seasons since buying Silver Stars, Khunou revealed they are ready to roll out the red carpet and prove their mettle by building a strong, untouchable team.

“When we acquired the team little did we realise that it had ageing players who did well by taking the team from the first division to where it was. We will now bring in youngsters who are thirsty and eager to play professional football as we are hyped up to win the league or at least get a top five finish next season,” said Khunou.

In the four years they have been with the club, the management has seen coaches come and go, but ­Khunou wants to put a stop to this ill-fated pattern.

“This is not the right thing to keep on changing and chopping coaches and this trend must stop. But sometimes if you find yourself in a situation we were in before, people start panicking and you end up taking irrational decisions. We didn’t have a plan to guarantee the success of winning, but that is a thing of the past as we have now developed a master plan to sustain the team’s winning formula.”

Khunou said they wanted to build an empire and a team of choice for many professional players and supporters.

He, however, conceded that would not come easily as they first need to build a solid foundation from the grassroots level up.

Khunou has urged the people of the province, to rally behind them as he was positive Stars would emerge as one of the teams to be proud of in the near future.

He also revealed that they have rolled out a massive programme to ­ensure that they recruited players from the region and the province to make the team a real North West team in all respects.

But he said it would be suicidal to expect a 100% complement of players from the province.

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