Platinum Stars assistant coach Jackson shocked by Gumede sale to Orlando Pirates
Posted: 4 February 2015 Time: 08:35
Platinum Stars assistant coach Willem Jackson says if it was up to him he would not have allowed Tshepo Gumede to leave the club for Orlando Pirates.
Defender Gumede and goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane both joined Bucs last month after rejecting contract extensions at Stars.
Jackson, a former Pirates defender, admits Gumede's move caught him by surprise.
"Yeah, I was shocked but players are moving and maybe there is something better at Pirates, I don't know," Jackson tells KickOff.com.
"I was in Durban for the whole of last week [preparing for the Multichoice Diski Challenge), but all the best for him going forward for the future.
"In saying that, for me and on my side, I wouldn't let him go but there is nothing I can do."
However, Jackson, known as 'Stop Nonsense' in his heyday, understands why a player would be attracted to the Soweto giants.
"I don't think it is the bad move for him, and he also wants to play in Africa and be seen and maybe get a call-up in the national team," he says.
"But for him to make a move to Orlando Pirates, I don't think it is a bad move as long as he will go and play."
Stars also sold the highly-rated Luvolwethu Mpeta to SuperSport United in the January transfer window, but offset the departures by enlisting Bryce Moon, Punch Masenamela, Gladwin Shitolo and Tlou Segolela on loan deals, while also signing ex-Chippa United midfielder Masibusane Zongo.