Platinum Stars have injured pair back for Free State Stars
Posted: 14 January 2011 Time: 9:51 am
Platinum Stars coach Owen da Gama will come up against his predecessor at Dinaledi, Steve Komphela, when he travels to the Free State for a tough match against Ea Lla Koto on Sunday.
De Gama will be buoyed by the fact that Phelelani Mpangase is back after suffering a concussion in the 1-1 draw with Vasco da Gama last Sunday. The defender was rushed to hospital after receiving an elbow in the face from Vasco's Zeka Karkee which also saw him lose a tooth. Also back in the mix, according to the club's website, is youngster Joseph Molangoane, who has been out of action for some time through injury. Molangoane played 29 times for Dikwena last season, the most of any player, but has made just six appearances in the current campaign. Platinum Stars have gone six games without defeat in the league, though that run does include four draws. In fact, Stars have drawn more matches (seven) than any other team in the League. Dikwena played to a draw in their last League outing, 1-1 at home to Vasco da Gama last weekend while Free State Stars also recorded a draw, 1-1 away to bottom-of-the-log Moroka Swallows, in their last league match. Ea Lla Koto have been in mixed form in their last three matches (claiming four points from a possible nine), but they are within striking distance of the top half of the table. In head-to-head stats, the two Stars have met eight times in the league since 2005/06. Free State Stars have won three games to Platinum Stars' two, while three encounters have ended in stalemate.