Maize Cup to showcase new Platinum Stars, Bloemfontein Celtic and Mpumalanga Black Aces signings
Posted: 11 July 2015 Time: 08:50
Today’s inaugural edition of the Maize Triangle Challenge at the Moruleng Stadium will present an ideal platform for Platinum Stars, Bloemfontein Celtic and Mpumalanga Black Aces to showcase their new signings while trying out new combinations ahead of the start of the domestic season next month.
The one-day tournament also features Botswana Premier League giants Township Rollers, who are also using the games to prepare for the upcoming season.
Hosts Platinum Stars will entertain Rollers in the first semifinal at 10h00, before Bloemfontein Celtic clash with Mpumalanga Black Aces in the second semi at 12h00.
The winners of those two matches will then contest the final of the competition at the same venue at 17h00 for the honour of being the first recipients of the Maize Cup trophy.
Platinum Stars have stretched their hands into the market by bringing in Mbongeni Mzimela, Siyabonga Zulu and Kulegani Madondo.
Celtic, on the other hand, have so far signed Geofrey Massa, Thabang Matuka, Vuyisile Wana and Lantshene Phalane.
Aces – who sold striker Tendai Ndoro to Orlando Pirates – will also be eager to see what sort of impact midfielder Siyabonga Ngubane is likely to have during the 2015/16 season.
The 26-year-old Ngubane was signed by Aces after seeing out his contract with University of Pretoria.
Dikwena coach Cavin Johnson says the tournament is the best stage for the teams to test their players ahead of the new season.
“It is a good way of preparing for the season,” Johnson says.
“We could not have asked for a better session of pre-season and we must take this tournament with the seriousness it deserves.
“The players are looking forward to it and we hope to display a good brand of football to the North West community,” he adds.