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Stars loan out duo, eye Twala

Posted: 27 December 2017 Time: 17:30

KickOff.com can reveal that Free State Stars have loaned out Ghanaian Mumuni Abubakar and Sello Japhta, and are keeping close tabs on Kaizer Chiefs winger William Twala.

Abubakar will join National First Division side Richards Bay, while Japhta is heading out to Umthatha Bucks.

Abubakar has been reduced to little game-time since he joined Ea Lla Koto from Black Leopards at the beginning of the season from Black Leopards, with only three Absa Premiership appearances to his name so far, but will be hoping for an increase in minutes under his belt in the NFD.

The Ghanaian workaholic will be reunited at Richards Bay with coach Jean Francois Loscuito who he worked with at Leopards when they reached the PSL play-offs last season, along with Sphelele Mkhulise and Khaya Shozi, who were on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.

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“We have signed Mumuni Abubakar from Free State Stars on loan until the end of the season,” Richards Bay chairman Sfiso Biyela tells KickOff.com.

Japhta, meanwhile, has yet to get off the mark at Ea Lla Koto after a failed stint at Orlando Pirates, having made four appearances at Chippa United last season, and will look to resurrect his career in the Eastern Cape.

“Sello Japhta is on his way to join Umthatha Bucks,” a source close to Stars revealed.

According to the source, two more players are expected to go out on loan in the new year, while the Free State side are trying to rope in Twala from Kaizer Chiefs.

The former Chippa winger has had little to smile about so far this season, with no starts and just six substitute appearance to his name for Amakhosi.

By Robin-Duke Madlala and Ernest Fakude

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