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De Sa on Dikwena exodus and relocation

Posted: 4 June 2018 Time: 16:00

With Platinum Stars officially relegated to the National First Division, an exodus of players is expected.

Coach Roger de Sa confirmed that they will be terminating many player contracts following the club's last-place finish in the play-offs, which were won by Black Leopards.

The likes of Vuyo Mere, Robert Ng'ambi, Lehlogonolo Masalesa and Luvolwethu Mpeta are likely to be on the radar of Absa Premiership clubs.

“There are players that we will have to meet with them. We have to discuss how we are going to terminate their contracts,” De Sa said.

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“Others we will try and keep. So it will be a lot of fine balancing having one-on-one's with them and a lot of planning to see them go and how we want to go forward. Because it is no good me saying, I will keep the player and he doesn’t want to stay.

“There are a lot of factors that come in to play, it is not about me. It will also be the players themselves.”

De Sa hopes to provide more information on Wednesday regarding the club relocating from Rustenburg, as has been mooted in the past.

“There were a lot of meetings last week, but I'm flying to Cape Town now to meet with the directors and find out a little bit [of] information, and hopefully by Wednesday or so we will have a more definite answer [of] where we are going to be and where we will play.

“Now we have a lot of work to do in the next couple of days. There is a lot of work to do in the office, a lot of contracts to go through and a lot of planning.

“The work off the field starts now and there is a lot of work to be done. I can't tell you what's going to happen but there is a lot of things to do.

“I know we will get players. We will have to find the right type of players and then we will see how we are going to get back. It's a long-term plan and we will have the same dream with 16 other clubs in the NFD that want to bounce back.

“We've got to be good and we need to get a lot of quality players that can play in the NFD.”

Article by: Rofhiwa Lihaiwa

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