Former Rollers striker finally signed with SA’s Platinum Stars
Former Tasc and Township Rollers striker, Terrance Mandaza has finally signed a two-year deal with Platinum Stars. Mandaza put pen to paper on Monday at Bafokeng Sports Campus. Mandaza scored 40 goals in all competitions in Botswana last season. The team is currently preparing for the league and is under a 10-day intensive at Marang Hotel. Mandaza is part of the training and has impressed every moment since arriving at Stars.
The player has signed a two-year deal worth R1.2 Million with an option to renew for the third year.
Speaking to Voice Sport after signing Mandaza was happy that finally he has managed to get a contract a professional set up. The player has also negotiated a personal deal he also can’t complain about.
“I am very happy. All this has happened because of Rollers’ understanding and my loyalty to them. I can, however, rightly point out that I already miss the Rollers players, they were like a family to me and I want to go back to Botswana and bid them farewell,’’ Mandaza said
If the player is sold to any team Rollers will be entitled to a 20% share from whatever monies made from the deal.
Platinum Stars family, from the grounds man, technical staff, management and the few close fans at the palace, were all very happy that finally the man who has been their darling since arriving there has signed.
Assistant coach, David Vilakazi told Voice Sport that Mandaza is just what the club needed.
“This is a very good player who can do the job for us. We are happy with everything, he is such a fantastic player and I am very confident that he will score goals. We can’t say much for now except to say we expect this guy to continue his scoring antics,” Vilakazi said in Rustenburg on Monday.
Vilakazi is the man who recommended Mandaza after secretly coming to watch the player in Rollers colours last season. He reportedly told the then coach, Steve Kompela, that in that player they had a complete finisher who was going to serve the purpose.
Stars Manager, Boy Diale was also happy that they have finally signed the man they have long traced. Stars is not the only South African side that was chasing the striker. Orlando Pirates, Amazulu and Maritzburg United are some of the teams that wanted the player.
According to Rollers Managing Director, Somerset Gobuiwang it was not just a question of money to let the player go.
”We had to look as his interests as a player also. He had to sign for a team where he will adjust quickly. Rustenburg is not far from Botswana and he can’t be homesick. He will settle quickly and start paying back the trust this team had shown in him,” said Gobuiwang.