Platinum Stars coach Allan Freese worried about losing players
Posted: 2 November 2014 Time: 15:30
Platinum Stars coach Allan Freese admits that the possibility of losing defenders Luvolwethu Mpeta and Rofhiwa Tsikovhi to rival clubs during the January transfer window is causing him headaches.
Mpeta has been linked to Mamelodi Sundowns, with the Brazilians reportedly already preparing an offer for the left-back to join their Chloorkop ranks.
Tsikovhi is said to be on the radar of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Moroka Swallows and SuperSport United.
Stars is fast turning into something of a breeding ground for the Gauteng-based clubs. In the past, they have parted ways with Thuso Phala, Ennocent Mkhabela and Joseph Molongoane.
In recent times, the club has also seen the likes of Issa Sarr and Siphelele Mthembu being snapped up by Pirates and Chiefs respectively.
Freese is worried that the trend of losing players could adversely affect his plans of assembling a cohesive unit capable of challenging for silverware.
"When we plan for the season, we do not know that we might lose some key players," Freese tells KickOff.com.
"When this happens, this affects you as a coach because you have to bring in new players and hope that they quickly adapt to the system you are using.
"There is also the challenge of whether or not the new players that are coming are as good as the ones who have left. All these factors are disruptive.
"I have heard reports that Tsikovhi is being chased by Chiefs and that Mpeta is also attracting interest. This is unsettling but, again, these are just reports. There is nothing you can do really."
"You leave such things in the hands of management. They will deal with such issues when and if they do arise," he adds.