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FC Platinum wins Zimbabwean PSL title and qualify for CAF Champions League


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Scent ition

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 12:30


Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League side, FC Platinum have been crowned as new league champions this past weekend.

Platinum were crowned after beating Chapungu 2-0 away from home on Saturday at Ascot Stadium in Gweru.

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Coach Norman Mapeza’s men became the first side in the modern era of the league, outside of Harare and Bulawayo, to win the coveted title.

Mapeza has now lifted his second league title after he won with the now defunct Monomotapa in 2008 and said he was under pressure to bring glory to the club.

“We have been waiting for this day. We needed to get early goals. After getting them we needed to concentrate. It’s always difficult to take what people say, when you sign players,” Mapeza said to CAF.

“I was under pressure to bring glory to the club when I joined and today we did it.”

Mapeza now joins a league of achievers who have won two or more league titles along with Rahman Gumbo, Sunday Chidzambwa and Kalisto Pasuwa who won four in a row with Dynamos from 2011 to 2014.

The new champions will now represent the Southern African nation in next year’s Total CAF Champions League.



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Platinum Stars draw at home but move to 15th spot – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Roggert Nyundu of Bloemfontein Celtic challenged by Katlego Otladisa of Platinum Stars during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Platinum Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg South Africa on 22 November 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 21:58

Platinum Stars failed to grab their second Absa Premiership win when they drew 0-0 against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday night at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

Despite the stalemate, the Rustenburg-based side now sit at the 15th spot on the log standings with eight points from 11 matches so far.

Although Dikwena had a bright start in the opening five minutes, Brian Mwila could not beat Patrick Tignyemb who made a save in the box at the second attempt.

With chances few and far between, towards the 20th minute Celtic’s Lantshene Phalane tried to beat Mbongeni Mzimela from a distance, but the keeper was equal to the task in the 27th minute.

Despite dominance by Roger De Sa’s men, their lack of sharpness in the final third meant the scores remained level at half time at 0-0.

In the second half, the hosts found the back of the net through Mwila’s header from a set piece, but it was disallowed as he came from an offside position.

However, it was Siwelele that looked threatening after the hour mark as they utitlised their wingers, yet Mzimela showed his aerial quality.

The 70th minute saw Stars’ skipper Vuyo Mere coming close to beating Tignyemb after a long pass found him behind Celtic’s defence, he showed a wonderful first touch but missed the target with the keeper to beat.

After introducing Kabelo Mahlasela and Tshegofatso Mabaso, Veselin Jelusic’s men upped the ante and the latter saw his effort saved by Mzimela, who conceded a corner in the 79th minute.

As both sides were running against time, Mere picked out an unmarked Robert Ng’ambi with a sublime pass, but the Malawian blasted his effort off target two minutes later.

With both camps fighting for a goal, their efforts in the dying minutes could not yield the desired results and it ended in a dull draw.

The stalemate elevates Phunya Sele Sele to the fourth spot with 16 points from 11 games.

Platinum Stars 0

Bloemfontein Celtic 0

Platinum Stars: Mzimela, Mnguni, Sithole, Zulu, Mere, Otladisa (Matlakala 80′), N’gambi, Mwila (Links 63′) , Nwedihanga, Msomi, Masalesa

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Jembula (Letsoalo 69′), Motshegwa (Mahlasela 55′), Letlabika, Baloyi, Hotto, Nyundu (Mabaso 63′), Phalane



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FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza says the Zimbabwean PSL crown is theirs


Zimbabwe national team interim coach Norman Mapeza (R) arrives for the African Nations Cup Qualifying match between Zimbabwe and Liberia played at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, 11 June 2017. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

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Scent ition

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 11:00


FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza says they want to win the Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League and has warned their competitors.

Mapeza has issued a warning to his rivals that his charges will break the Harare-Bulawayo stranglehold and grab of this year’s Castle Lager Premier Soccer League big gong.

FC Platinum finished twice as runners-up to Dynamos in 2011 and to Caps United in 2016, but the respected gaffer wants to end the run of disappointments by claiming the big prize.

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The equation is simple for his team – a perfect run in the last three matches will see them taking to the podium come the end of the season.

“We want to win and collect maximum points in all the remaining games but tomorrow is going to be a difficult game for us because Tsholotsho are tricky,” said Mapeza to the News Day.

“People say they have nothing to play for but they can equally upset any opponent at this stage.

“The most crucial thing for us is collecting all points no matter who we are playing. That’s the only way for us to write our own new piece of history.

“We need to be strong mentally and physically if we are to win this title. I believe this is our year, it’s a question of remaining strong and guarding against complacency.“

The Platinum miners are tied on 63 points together with Ngezi Platinum Stars who sit at the top due to a superior goal difference.

However, Mapeza’s side have a tough match against Ngezi which could decide the destiny of the championship.



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Platinum Stars stutter at home and exit TKO Cup – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Jacky Motshegwa of Bloemfontein Celtic challenged by Vuyo Mere of Platinum Stars during 2017 Telkom Knockout Quarter Final match between Platinum Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg South Africa on 04 November 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 17:52


Bonginkosi Ntuli’s early goal didn’t make any difference for Platinum Stars as they lost 2-1 to Bloemfontein Celtic in a Telkom Knockout quarterfinal match on Saturday at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

On the other hand, goals from Lantshene Phalane and Tshegofatso Mabaso were enough to dispatch Dikwena out of the competition.

Victor Letsoalo had a glorious opportunity to make it 1-0 in the 25th when his deflected shot in the box went over the cross bar.

However, it was Ntuli who broke the deadlock five minutes later after receiving a long pass into the box, and the burly forward chipped the oncoming Tignyemb to make it 1-0.

It was the hosts who were leading at half time.

Siwelele pushed for an equaliser in the second stanza and they levelled matters when Phalane netted with a fine left-footed set piece to beat Stars keeper Dino Visser in the 58th minute.

Ntuli missed a wonderful opportunity from a header after a great cross down the left flank, the goalscorer saw his effort going wide with just Tignyemb to beat in the 79th minute.

In the 80th minute, the visitors came back from behind to grab the lead through substitute Mabaso after brilliant play by Kabelo Mahlasela who beat three Dikwena defenders before setting up a cross.

Despite their efforts to find an equaliser, the hosts were not clinical upfront as they exit the competition they won in 2013.

Platinum Stars: (1) (Ntuli 30′)

Bloemfontein Celtic: (0) 2 (Phalane 58′, Mabaso 80′)

Platinum Stars: Visser, De Jongh, Mwedihanga, Zulu, Sithole, Mere, Ng’ambi, Mkhabela (Matlakala 87′), Links (Mwila 65′), Otladisa, Ntuli

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Mabena (Lubisi 88′), Letsoalo, Letlabika, Baloyi, Hotto, Motshegwa (Mabaso 74′), Phalane



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Platinum Stars beat Maritzburg United in TKO – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Mxolisi Kunene of Maritzburg United challenged by Siphiwe Mnguni of Platinum Stars during 2017 Telkom Knockout match between Maritzburg United and Platinum Stars at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 28 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 22:57


Platinum Stars overcame Maritzburg United 3-1 on penalties following a goalless draw in the Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 match at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.

The victory sees Dikwena booking their place in the quarter-finals, while the Team of Choice are eliminated from the tournament.

Stars shot-stopper Dino Visser was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first-half as he kept Maritzburg attackers at bay.

The 28-year-old made a decent save to deny Maritzburg striker Evans Rusike in the 24th minute as Maritzburg pressed for the opening goal.

The home side should have broken the deadlock just before the half-time break after the Stars defence was exposed.

However, Rusike, who represented Zimbabwe at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Gabon, missed the target.

Stars then stood firm at the back in the remaining minutes of the first-half and the score was 0-0 at the interval.

Visser was called into action a few minutes after the restart as Maritzburg continued to search for the opening goal.

The former Polokwane City shot-stopper pulled off a good save to deny Maritzburg striker Lebohang Maboe.

As the match progressed, Stars pressed Maritzburg and the visitors had a chance to break the deadlock in the 71st minute.

However, Zambian international Brian Mwila missed the target after controlling the ball very well in the Mariztburg half.

This proved to be the last chance of the match in regulation time and the game went into extra-time.

The only chance of the first-half of extra-time went to Stars full-back Siyabonga Zulu, who missed the target from a free-kick.

Rusike also missed the target from a promising positiion in the second-half of extra-time and a penalty shootout followed following a goalless draw.

Visser was the hero for Stars, who won 3-1 on penalties after the shot-stopper denied Liam Youlley and Mohau Mokate from the spot-kick.

Maritzburg (0) 0

P Stars (0) 0

Maritzburg: Ofori, Onyango (Fransman 70′), Xulu, Saal (Mekoa 69′), Sanoka, Rusike, Shandu, Makaringe, Maboe, Mokate, Kunene (Youlley 100′).

P Stars: Visser, Mnguni, Zulu, Sithole, Mwedihanga, Mere, Masalesa, Monama (De Jongh 78′), Sesinyi (Ng’ambi 54′), Otladisa, Mwila (Ntuli 88′)



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Free State Stars hold Platinum Stars – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Edward Manqele of Free State Stars

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 22:25


Free State Stars held Platinum Stars to a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the Goble Park Stadium on Saturday night.

Despite drawing at home, Ea Lla Koto remain seventh on the league table, while Dikwena also remain 16th on the log.

Dikwena, who were the visitors were able to contain Ea Lla Koto in the first 20 minutes of the encounter.

The visitors were awarded a penalty in the 33rd minute and Bonginkosi Ntuli converted to make it 1-0 to Dikwena.

This was the striker’s second goal in as many league games having also scored against Orlando Pirates in midweek.

However, Ea Lla Koto were able to apply some pressure on the Dikwena defence and they equalized through Edward Manqele.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns forward, who was also making it two goals in two league games, scored in the 43rd minute.

The score was 1-1 between Free State Stars and Platinum Stars at the interval in Bethlehem.

Ea Lla Koto’s goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare was called into action nine minutes after the restart and he denied Dikwena midfielder Thobani Kunene.

The home side’s defence was frustrating Dikwena, who introduced Brian Mwila, a Zambian striker, in the 69th minute.

However, marksman was tightly marked by the Ea Lla Koto defence which was marshalled by Guinean defender Bangaly Keita.

The two sides launched attacks in the closing stages, but they could not score a late goal and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

FS Stars (1) 1 (Manqele 43′)

P Stars (1) 1 (Ntuli 33′)

FS Stars: Sangare, Masehe, Mobbie (Mashego 13′), Keita, Phungwayo, Mbhele, Potsane, Vilakazi (G.Dlamini 56′), Manqele (Mahamutsa 74′), Jantjie, Anas.

P Stars: Visser, De Jongh, Zulu, Sithole, Mwedihanga, Mere, Mkhabela, Ng’ambi, Otladisa (Kunene 49′), Msomi (Mwila 69′), Ntuli (Matlakala 88′).



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Sundowns add to Platinum Stars’ woes – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Sibongakonke Mbatha of Platinum Stars challenges Tebogo Langerman of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership match between Platinum Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns on the 01 October 2017 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Oct 01, 2017. 17:05


Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Platinum Stars 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The result sees the Brazilians climb to fifth spot on the league table, while struggling Dikwena remain 16th on the standings.

Dikwena conceded just two minutes into the match after their defence was exposed and Khama Billiat capitalized from close range.

The Zimbabwe international fired past Stars goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela after controlling Hlompho Kekana’s long ball very well, before scoring.

The home side was struggling to contain the Brazilians, who looked threatening each time they pushed forward in search of another goal.

Sibusiso Vilakazi, who was part of Sundowns’ front three attackers, had a chance to shoot from close range in the 22nd minute, but he fired over the crossbar.

Dikwena, who had Bonginkosi Ntuli as their target-man, pushed for the equalizing goal, but they found it difficult to penetrate the Sundowns defence.

Sundowns should have doubled their lead just before the half-time break, but Mzimela pulled off a great save to deny Billiat from close range.

The first-half ended 1-0 in favour of Sundowns, who had taken an early lead in the North West Province town, Rustenburg.

The Brazilians continued to create chances in the second-half as they searched for their second goal of the match.

Tebogo Langerman, the Sundowns full-back, found some space outside the Stars box in the 54th minute and he unleashed a shot which was easily saved by Mzimela.

Botswana international Thabang Sesinyi, who was tightly marked by the Sundowns defence, was replaced by Stars’ Namibian striker Benson Shilongo in the 67th minute.

Percy Tau thought he had doubled his Sundowns’ lead ten minutes later after beating Mzimela with a low shot, but the South African international was ruled offside.

Stars could not snatch a late equalizing goal in the closing stages of the match and ultimately, Sundowns ran out 1-0 winners.

P Stars (0) 0

Sundowns (1) 1 (Billiat 2′)

P Stars: Mzimela, Mhwedihanga, Zulu, Mlilo, Mere, Msomi (Masalesa 79′), Mkhabela, Ng’ambi, Mbatha (Otladisa 46′), Sesinyi (Shilongo 67′), Ntuli.

Sundowns: Brimah, Arendse, Madisha, Morena, Langerman, Mabunda (Nthethe 68′), Kekana, Tau, Vilakazi (Malajila 61′), Zwane, Billiat (Ngcongca 86′).



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Robert Ng’ambi is scared of Sundowns after Champions League exit – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Platinum Stars


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 13:30


With Mamelodi Sundowns having failed to defend their CAF Champions League title, Platinum Stars midfielder Robert Ng’ambi has warned his teammates of the Brazilians.

The Tshwane side will resume their Absa Premiership schedule to visit Dikwena on Sunday and the Malawian is scared of Sundowns.

He said they have a duty to win their games and forget about what is happening at the club beyond the field of play.

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“They will come into the game with the mindset of making a statement against us after losing out in the CAF,” Ng’ambi said to the Sowetan.

“It will just be up to us players to focus and make sure we are at our best against what is for me the best team on the continent.

“As players we have not been concentrating on what is happening in the background with the club. Our duty is to win games and remain competitive in the league.”

With coach Roger De Sa’s men still chasing their first 2017/18 win in the league and Sundowns out to erase their CAF disappointments, the match is set to be a thriller in Rustenburg.

Coach Pitso Mosimane’s troops will face Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday, kick-off is at 15:00 (CAT).



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Platinum Stars hold AmaZulu – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Mhlengi Cele of AmaZulu during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between AmaZulu and Platinum Stars at King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban on 23 September 2017 © Steve Haag/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Sep 23, 2017. 23:39


AmaZulu and Platinum Stars drew 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday night.

As a result, Usuthu climb up to seventh spot on the league standings, while Dikwena remain 16th on the log.

The visitors opened the scoring 20 minutes into the match through their new striker Thabang Sesinyi.

The Botswana international fired past AmaZulu goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha to make it 1-0 to Stars.

Stars, who are yet to win an Absa Premiership match this season, were now oozing with confidence as they looked to double their lead.

However, Usuthu were stood firm at the back and the score was 1-0 to Stars at the interval.

A second-half which was dominated by AmaZulu followed, even though, they lost Tapelo Nyongo due to an injury.

The home side were awarded a penalty in the 60th minute and Rhulani Manzini converted from the spot-kick it to make it 1-1.

Usuthu then pushed for the winning goal in the closing stages of the match, but Stars were solid at the back and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

AmaZulu (0) 1 (Manzini 61′)

P Stars (1) 1 (Sesinyi 20′)

AmaZulu: Mbatha, Mtsweni, Gumede, Nyongo (Mngqibisa 57′), Ouro-Akoriko, Darboh, Ncube, Ncobeni, S.Dlamini (B.Mbatha 66′), Cele, Manzini (Khenyeza 84′).

P Stars: Mzimela, Ntuli, Jongh, Mere, Zulu, Mlilo, Mwedihanga, Ng’ambi (Kunene 88′), Mkhabela, Mbatha (Mpeta 73′), Sesinyi.



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Chippa hold Platinum Stars in Rustenburg – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Musa Nyatama of Orlando Pirates is challenged by Andile Mbenyane of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Chippa United on the 19 August 2017 at Orlando Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 16, 2017. 22:20


Teboho Moloi’s reign as Chippa United coach began with a goalless draw away to Platinum Stars in Rustenburg on Saturday night.

The result at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium sees the Chilli Boys rise to 11th in the Absa Premiership, while Dikwena have at least picked up their first point of the season, though they remain winless and rooted to the bottom of the log.

Both sides struggled to find their rhythm in a disappointing first half, with neither Stars goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela nor his counterpart Daniel Akpeyi called into action by a shot on target.

Dikwena looked to be the better of the two teams through the first stanza, with the likes of Enocent Mkhabela and Robert Ng’ambi holding sway through the middle of the park, but they couldn’t provide striker Bongi Ntuli with the necessary ammunition.

Chippa were dealt a major blow just before half time when influential midfielder Mark Mayambela limped off and had to be replaced by Phetso Maphanga, resulting in a tactical shuffle from the visitors.

Both teams boosted their attack early in the second half, with Dikwena introducing Thobani Kunene and the Chilli Boys throwing on former Free State Stars hit-man Moeketsi Sekola.

The latter missed a great chance to break the deadlock in the 72nd minute: a fine passing movement from Chippa ended with Katlego Mashego knocking the ball past a defender to find the unmarked Sekola, but he scuffed his shot straight to Mzimela.

In the final minute of regulation time Chippa thought they had won the game when Kurt Lentjies played a superb pass to give Paseka Mako what should have been a tap-in, but Mzimela did brilliantly to get across and deny the winger with an early save-of-the-season candidate.

Platinum Stars 0

Chippa United 0

Stars: Mzimela, De Jong, Mwedihanga, Mlilo, Zulu, Mere, Mbatha, Mkhabela (Monama 57’), Nale (Kunene 46’), Ng’ambi, Ntuli (Matlakala 79’)

Chippa: Akpeyi, Macheke, Konqobe, Okwuosa, Mako, Mabaso, Zuke, Mayambela (Maphango 45’), Lentjies, Mbenyane (Sekola 54’), Mashego (Mdlinzo 81’)



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Platinum Stars non-committal about Butler’s future – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Peter Butler, talking to journalists ©Ismail Kezaala/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 07, 2017. 15:30


With reports mounting that Platinum Stars are set to part ways with coach Peter Butler, the club’s general manager Senzo Mazingiza says they will issue a media statement.

Mazingiza spoke to AfricanFootball.com on Thursday about the coach’s future as head of Dikwena’s technical team.

Although Butler replaced Cavin Johnson before the start of the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League season, the former Botswana national team coach started the current Absa Premiership campaign with two losses against Maritzburg United and Cape Town City.

The results have reportedly prompted the Phokeng-based club to press panic buttons as it was reported that the English manager could be axed and assistant coach, Milton Dlamini to take over the reins.

Although Mazingiza refused to commit regarding the news about Butler’s situation at the club, he denied that they have released the coach.

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“We have noted the reports about the club and the coach, to be honest we are concerned about the reports and we will issue a statement very soon,” Mazingiza told AfricanFootball.com.

“Look, the club has not started well and we are concerned about the results, but I cannot comment on the coach being sacked and all of that.

“We will use the correct channels to respond to the media via a statement. Our preparations are going well for our next league match [against SuperSport United].

“I cannot say the mood is high in the camp for now because I have been in meetings, but I will see the team today or tomorrow.”

Stars will visit United in their next league clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday, 12 September at 19:30 (CAT).



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Matlakala eyeing success with Dikwena in PSL – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Platinum Stars


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Aug 10, 2017. 16:30


New Platinum Stars striker Maboke Matlakala is confident the club will do well in the upcoming 2017/18 Premier Soccer League term.

The former Baroka FC forward has settled down in Rustenburg and is looking forward to a successful stay with the side.

Matlakala is adapting to new methods of training under the watchful eye of coach Peter Butler and says he is happy in Phokeng.

“From the first day everyone has been happy to have me here and they have been helpful. It’s a different setup from where I am come from,” he tells the club’s website.

“So far I am happy here and I am honoured to be a part of Platinum Stars. They are a good team, they have been doing fairly well in the league and I am looking forward to helping the team achieve our goals for future.

“There are a few things that I have never done before and I am doing them here. I see this as a great opportunity for me because before it was all about scoring goals and just being that player upfront.

“Now I am learning to play around outside the box and working well with the team.

“I am ready. I want to grow and I see this as a new challenge. It you look at the players that I will be competing with for a place in the team, it’s not going to be easy for me.”

Dikwena will open their Absa Premiership account against Maritzburg United on Sunday afternoon, August 20 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.



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Platinum Stars capture Bafana Bafana midfielder – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Lehlogonolo Masalesa of South Africa during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 27, 2017. 13:00


Platinum Stars have completed the signing of Bafana Bafana midfielder Lehlogonolo Masalesa on a three year deal on Tuesday.

Known as Vieira in football, the tall midfielder rejoins the club as he started out his career in Rustenburg before moving to Orlando Pirates via Bidvest Wits.

The former Buccaneers enforcer impressed Dikwena during the recent 2017 COSAFA Cup held in Rustenburg as he captained Bafana.

“We are very excited as a club to have landed his signature. It’s a big signing for us,” said general manager, Senzo Mazingiza.

“We needed to replace that situation in the midfield so we think that Vieira with his experience will be able to just pluck into that position. It was not an easy signing to do. It took a lot of convincing and lobbying.

“I am glad he is coming back home. Vieira was part of our team before going to Orlando Pirates. He comes back with a lot of experience. I am sure he will do well for us.

“Vieira is very young. One of the things we needed to look at is to refresh the team so that the players we have can take us further and that they still have legs to run and be able to carry the team.

“As young as he is, he has got lots of experience, played overseas and played for Pirates one of the biggest teams in Africa. He was part of the squad that played until the finals of CAF Champions League in Cairo.”



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Platinum Stars out for revenge against Swallows


Gift Sithole of Platinum Stars challenges Sabelo Dzinisa of Mbabane Swallows during the CAF Confederation Cup match between Mbabane Swallows and Platinum Stars on 23 May 2017 at Somhlolo Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Jul 08, 2017. 00:09


Platinum Stars host Mbabane Swallows in an aim to claim a single win in their final CAF Confederation Cup Group B match on Saturday.

The South African giants have had a disastrous campaign in the continental club competition, but will now want to exit with a win.

Stars sit at the bottom of the group with two points and have lost three and drawn two of their matches in the group stages, but a win will boost their morale.

As they enter the final round of matches, new coach Peter Butler will motivate his men to claim a win and restore their pride.

Fresh from a 2-0 loss against MC Algeria in Algeria last Friday, Dikwena will also want to avenge their 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Swazi outfit in the opening leg.

Coming to the Swazis, Swallows have done well in the tournament, but to miss the knockout stages comes as a huge disappointment.

They sit at number three in the group with four points, they lost three and drew one as well as registering a single win along the way.

However, heading to South Africa, their mission is to bag six points from their hosts and ensure they exit with a smile on their faces.

Fresh from 3-1 loss against CS Sfaxien last weekend, Swallows coach Thabo Vilakati will now want to see an improved showing from his troops.

Royal Bafokeng Stadium is the venue and kick-off time is at 19:00 on Friday (CAT).



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Platinum Stars dimmer in Confed Cup – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Khaled Gourmi of MC Alger challenged by Ndumiso Ndaba of Mbabane Swallows

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jul 01, 2017. 00:14


MC Alger brushed aside Platinum Stars 2-0 in a 2017 CAF Confederation Cup, Group B match at the Stade du 5 Juillet in Algiers in Algeria on Friday.

As a result, the Algerian club remain at the top of the Group A table and they also advance to the quarter-finals, while fourth-placed South African side Stars bow out of the competition.

Nicknamed the Dean, Alger got off to the best possible start as they broke the deadlock just 12 minutes into the game as Dikwena’s defence looked shaky.

Stars conceded a penalty after losing possession in the middle of the park. Abderrahmane Hachoud then stepped up and converted the penalty to make it 1-0 to Alger.

The Dean looked solid at the back in the opening exchanges. Stars captain Vuyo Mere’s free-kick was cleared away by the Alger defence.

Hichem Nekkache came close to doubling Alger’s lead when his chip over Stars goalkeeper Mwenya Chibwe narrowly missed the target on the half-hour mark.

The visitors should have restored parity just before the half-time break after the Dean had lost possession in their own half as Stars pressed them.

However, Bonginkosi Ntuli fired straight at Alger goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi, who came out to deny the Stars striker from a one-on-one situation.

As a result, the first-half ended 1-0 in favour of Alger thanks to Hachoud’s well-taken penalty.

Willem Jackson, the Stars caretaker coach, made a change two minutes into the second-half – introducing Katlego Khunou for Sipho Senne.

Dikwena won a few free-kicks outside the Alger box, but they were failing to make use of them with the towering Dean defenders clearing them away.

The Dean were happy to sit back and contain Dikwena in the closing stages of the match with the visitors struggling to penetrate the home side’s defence.

Stars nearly grabbed a late equalizer when Mere’s free-kick was headed onto the crossbar by Hachoud, who came close to scoring an own-goal in the 89th minute.

Nevertheless, Nekkache sealed Alger’s victory in stoppage time when he beat Chibwe with a powerful shot from range and the home side ran out 2-0 winners.

The loss does not bode well for Platinum Stars who will take on Free State Stars in the first semfinal of the Maize Cup on July 15.

Alger (1) 2 (Hachoud 12′, Nekkache 92′)

Stars (0) 0

Alger: Chaouchi, Hachoud, Demmou,

Bouhenna, Boudebouda, Karaoui, Kacem (El Ouazani 66′), Derrardja, Mansouri (Gourmi 93′), Aouedj (Bougueche 66′), Nekkache.

Platinum Stars: Chibwe, Mnguni, Mwedihanga, Mlilo, Mpeta, Baloyi, Mere, Ng’ambi (Shilongo 77′), Senne (Khunou 47′), Mabena, Ntuli.



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MC Alger look to eliminate Platinum Stars – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Khaled Gourmi of MC Alger challenged by Ndumiso Ndaba of Mbabane Swallows

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jun 29, 2017. 11:30


MC Alger will play host to Platinum Stars in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup Group B match at the Stade du 5 Juillet in Algiers in Algeria on Friday.

Kick-off is at 22h00 CAT.

The Dean defeated Mbabane Swallows 2-1 in their previous group match which was played at the Stade du 5 Juillet almost two weeks ago.

The win took the Algerian club to the top of Group B standings with eight points. They are a point ahead of second-placed Tunisian giants CS Sfaxien.

Hichem Nekkache, who grabbed a brace against Swallows in Alger’s previous group match, will be hoping to continue his scoring form against Stars.

Meanwhile, Stars drew 1-1 with CS Sfaxien in their previous group match which was played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg nearly two weeks ago.

The draw left the South African club placed fourth on the Group B standings with two points. They are six points behind group leaders Alger.

Bongani Ntuli, who scored against Sfaxien in Dikwena’s last group match, will be hoping to hit the back of the net again and help his side beat Alger.

Stars will be eliminated from this year’s Confederation Cup if they lose to Alger.



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2017 CAF CC: Platinum Stars 1-1 CS SFaxien – As it happened


Michael Mabule of Platinum Stars is challenged by Sid Ahmed Aouadj of Moulouda Club Alger during the CAF Confederation Cup

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jun 21, 2017. 20:50


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup Group B match between South African club Platinum Stars and Tunisian outfit CS SFaxien at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

LINE UPS:

Platinum Stars: Mzimela, Mnguni, Mwedihanga, Mlilo, Mpheta, Mere, Mathe, Ng’ambi, Nale, Mabena, Ntuli

CS Sfaxien: Gaaloul, Mathlouthi, Amamou, Dagdoug, Kamoun, Marzouki, Niang, Meriah, Sokari, Hannachi, Ndoye

COMMENTARY:

90+5′ Full time whistle goes off. Stars 1-1 Sfaxien.

90+4′ Goal kick for Dikwena. Mzimela takes it, but referee looks at his watch.

90+1′ We are in the injury time in Rustenburg. Stars 1-1 Sfaxien

88′ Ng’ambi came close to finding the lead as his well directed header goes inches wide from a corner.

86′ Sub for Stars: Shilongo for Ntuli

84′ Links booked

83′ Sub for Stars: Links comes on for Mabena



77′ Sub for Sfaxien: Habbassi replaces Marzouki

76′ GOAL – Stars eventually punished when Hannachi tapped in a cross from the left wing. Stars 1-1 Sfaxien

72′ Sfaxien’s header goes wide right in the penalty area, poor marking by the hosts.

67′ Ndoye booked



64′ Sub for Sfaxien: Chouat on for Kamoun

58′ Goal – Ntuli finds the back of the net for the hosts, a wonderful cross from the right flank allowed the striker to convert. Stars 1-0 Sfaxien

55′ Mere receiving treatment after a foul by Hannachi, a late tackle in the midfield. Stars 0-0 Sfaxien

50′ No chances created yet in the second stanza despite Ng’ambi’s effort which sailed wide from Gaaloul’s posts.

46′ Sub for Stars: Senne on for Nale

46′ Second half underway.



45+1′ Half Time in Rustenburg. Platinum Stars 0-0 CS Sfaxien.

45′ hannachi receives a clever pass, but his shot fails to trouble Mzimela. 1 Minute added.

43′ Kamoun booked

40′ Shot by Nale goes wide. Dikwena losing the ball easily in their own half. Five minutes to the interval, yet no goals.

35′ Mzimela produces a vital touch in the box as Sfaxien keep knocking for an opening goal. Good anticipation by the keeper.

30′ Physical affair in the middle of the park as Mabena is fouled, referee waves play on. Both sides still probing for an opening goal.

25′ Gaaloul makes a save to deny nale after a great pass by Mabena on the right flank. 0-0 in Rustenburg.

21′ A good shot by Waliou Ndoye as he pounces on a loose ball, but Mzimela is equal to the task and makes a brilliant save.

16′ Stars get a corner but the Tunisians clear the danger in the box. Sokari is fouled by Nale another free kick for Sfaxien but Dikwena regain possession.

10′ Stars commit a foul on their half through Mpeta, set piece for the visitors. Shot goes to Mzimela, he makes no mistake to collect. 0-0 after 10 minutes.

05′ Both sides showing good touches as they exchange ball possession, but Sfaxien has a shot off target.

01′ Match gets underway



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Butler officially appointed as coach of Platinum Stars – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jun 16, 2017. 09:30


AfricanFootball.com broke the story on Wednesday that Botswana national team coach Peter Butler will join Platinum Stars, and the club has since confirmed the appointment.

The English manager replaces Cavin Johnson who saw his contract not renewed by the Rustenburg-based outfit a few weeks ago.

In a swift response, Dikwena have appointed the former Zebras manager on a two-year deal.

According to Botswana media reports, Botswana Football Association announced that they have parted ways with the coach, a move which confirmed the switch to the former MTN8 Cup champions.

BREAKING NEWS: PETER BUTLER TAKES OVER PLATINUM STARS

Butler’s primary aim will be to help the club to reach the knockout stages of the CAF Confederation Cup as they will face CS Sfaxien in their Group B match at home on Tuesday, 20 June in Rustenburg.

Dikwena occupy the bottom of the group with one point from three matches having lost two and drawn one.



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Cavin Johnson leaves Platinum Stars – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Cavin Johnson coach of Platinum Stars win monthly awards during the Absa Premiership Player and Coach of the Month Awards on 02 November 2015 at PSL Offices Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Jun 05, 2017. 18:30


In the wake of their Group B, CAF Confederation Cup 3-0 loss to Tunisian giants CS Sfaxien, Platinum Stars have parted ways with coach Cavin Johnson.

Johnson led Dikwena to a ninth finish in the 2016/17 Absa Premiership campaign as well leading the Rustenburg-based side to the group stages of the CAF Confederation.

However, the club has since decided against renewing his contract which is due to expire at the end of this month.

MBABANE SWALLOWS FRUSTRATE MC ALGER

According to a statement released by the club on Monday, the club will make an announcement regarding technical team and playing personnel changes.

“We can confirm that the club is not going to renew the contract of Mr Cavin Johnson for the 2017/18 season,” said chairman Cliff Ramoroa.

“We would like to express sincere gratitude for all the hard work and efforts by Mr Johnson and the technical team. Mr Johnson did his best in terms of ensuring that the clubs reaches the levels that it is in.

“We would like to move to another level. We believe that a change of this nature would really bring someone who will take the club to another level.

“This is a contract not being renewed. It’s not a firing or anything. We will make announcements on further changes in both the technical team and playing personnel.

“We will be able to make an announcement concerning the new coach before the beginning of next season.”

Dikwena now sit at at the bottom of the group with one point, after two losses and one draw, their next match is against Sfaxien at home on June 20.

However, it remains unclear whether Johnson will be in charge of the match or his assistant, Willem Jackson.



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Platinum Stars and MC Alger in stalemate


Benson Shilongo of Platinum Stars is challenged by Walid Derardja of Moulouda Club Alger during the CAF Confederation Cup match between Platinum Stars and Mouloudia Club on 14 May 2017 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Sunday May 14, 2017. 19:41


South Africa’s Platinum Stars and Algeria’s MC Alger played to a 1-1 draw in a Confederation Cup, Group B match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Sunday.

The visiting side started the better of the two teams with Brahim Boudebouda giving MC Alger the lead in the sixth minute of the match, 1-0.

Platinum Stars, though, fought their way back into the match and managed to level matters two minutes before half time courtesy of a goal from Katlego Khunou, 1-1.

Neither side could find the back of the net in the second stanza as the two teams played to a draw in their first group match of the 2017 Confederation Cup campaign.

The draw sees both sides sitting joint second in Group B after one game played while Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien top the standings with three points after beating Swaziland’s Mbabane Swallows 1-0 on Saturday.

Platinum Stars are next in action in the Confederation Cup on 23 May away to Mbabane Swallows while MC Alger will host CS Sfaxien on the same day.



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