Stars players miss duo

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Dhladla’s spectacular goal-scoring feats have seen him join the mass exodus of players to ‘struggling’ Mamelodi Sundowns, while Vilakazi will add some fire-power up front for Ajax Cape Town, who are looking to offset the loss of Terror Fanteni to Israel.

Ea lla Koto have become accustomed to seeing their top players leave to seek greener pastures – Siphiwe Tshabalala joined Chiefs last season, while years gone by have seen the likes of David Radebe, and Goodman Mazibuko leave Stars behind them for big-time moves to Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, respectively.

Nkosi, who has been a regular in the Stars team for four seasons now after he signed from MTN First Division side Juventus, struggled to hide his disappointment at seeing two of the team’s star performers moving on.

“Eish, the guys have been feeling a bit down, but what can you do, Fanyana and Sifiso are doing what they believe to be best for their careers,” he explains to KickOff.com. “We are still trying to adjust to life without the two of them, but all the players wish them the best at their new clubs.”

The tough-tackling defender believes that Stars possess strength in depth to recover from the double set-back and points out that the loss could present other players with the opportunity to grab the limelight.

“Sthembiso Ngcobo (formerly a prolific scorer with Durban Stars in the Mvela League) is a promising young striker who now has a great chance to show what he can do, while it is important for Diyo Sibisi to now shoulder the goal-scoring responsibility up front,” explains the Newcastle-born Nkosi.

He believes a top eight finish is still very much on the cards for Stars.

“The team has recovered from losing players before and the belief is still there. We are aiming to repeat our performance in the first half of the season and secure a comfortable top eight finish.”

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