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Stars not taking any trialists

Free State Stars have decided against taking any players on trial during their mid-season preparations, said the club’s general manager Rantsi Mokoena.

“We have a settled squad and we don’t want to have any unnecessary disruptions. There is no point in a whole pile of changes in mid-season,” he told supersport.com.

Unlike other Premier Soccer League clubs, who are looking to beef up their team with trialists during the break, Stars say they are seeking continuity.

Stars unveiled an astonishing 18 players for the new season last July, more than any of the other top flight teams.

The majority came from the amateur ranks, but the club also added Reuben Thebakeng from Platinum Stars and midfielder Angelo Kerspuy, who was at the end of his contract at Bloemfontein Celtic.

Others include Thapelo Mkhatshwa, who scored more than 50 goals in the fourth tier of South African football last season, and Zimbabwean Taonga Dondo, who was at relegated Jomo Cosmos last season.

Coach Steve Komphela says integrating the new signings into his existing squad had been difficult but “it is a question of good coaching in being able to manage the situation”.


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