Stars duo set for overseas trials
Wednesday May 03 2006
Silver Stars have announced that Stanley Kgatla and Koketso Mmotong will be leaving on Monday, May 29, for trials with Swedish champions Djurgardens.
The trials will be held in Greece, where Djurgardens are having a pre-season camp.
Kgatla, who has just signed a three-year extension to his contract, told his club's official website that the trials would give him an extensive amount of exposure as he attempts to forge a successful career in football.
"I would like to thank Silver Stars for giving me all the nessessary support. I'm very grateful for this opportunity," said Kgatla.
He added: "Yes, I did have numerous other offers and many of them were very lucrative, however, Silver Stars are a very special team who have looked after me well."
Stars coach Owen da Gama said: "I'm excited for both players to have been given this opportunity to showcase their talent abroad and this gives courage to other players to work hard.
"Although it will be great loss for the team, I wish them all the best," he continued. "We at Silver Stars are not in the PSL to make up the numbers and will always go beyond the call of duty for all our players".
Meanwhile, Stars captain Willem Jackson has also signed a two-year contract with the club.
Stars CEO Larry Brookstone said they have been analysing all their players - both on a short-term and a more medium term.
"I am reluctant to simply release my best players at the end of the season and seriously want to build a stable and competitive brand," he said.
He concluded: "We are busy finalising our squad for the next season and their may be a few surprises."