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Luvolwethu Mpeta not focusing on Platinum Stars' off-field issues

Posted: 4 November 2017 Time: 08:00

Platinum Stars defender Luvolwethu Mpeta says the team is giving no thought to club politics as they seek to move clear of the relegation zone.

Stars started the season on a shaky footing, as coach Roger de Sa replaced Peter Butler barely two matches into the campaign amid talk the club was about to be sold.

Poor results followed and the resignation of general manager Senzo Mazingisa in late September also suggested all was not well at Dikwena.

However, the Phokeng-based outfit won their first league match of the season in midweek with a 1-0 defeat over fellow strugglers Ajax Cape Town, having also beat Maritzburg United on penalties in the last-16 of the Telkom Knockout in their previous test.

Mpeta insists the players are only focusing on the task at hand.

"We are not even entertaining those things and the coach even spoke to us," said Mpeta ahead of Saturday's TKO quarter-final clash with Bloemfontein Celtic at Royal Bafokeng Stadium (15h30).

"We are here to play football and we are not part of politics that is happening or whatever. We are here to play football. We must just focus, do whatever we have to do inside the field and leave the rest to management."

De Sa has fielded a few youngsters this season such as Katlego Otladisa. Mpeta says the senior players have simple expectations of the rookies.

"We encourage them to work hard on the field of play and nothing more. We don't talk about these things to them. They just have to be concerned with their game and training."

Article by: Ernest Fakude
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