Manaka closing in on Stars debut

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Manaka initially looked like he was heading to Pirates in August but landed up at the Telkom Knockout champions on a three-year deal from Black Leopards

"I don't have much details about the move to Pirates but I believe both Leopards and Pirates could not agree on a tranfer fee," says Manaka.

"However I am happy that I finally realised my dream of playing in the PSL after signing with Platinum Stars. They are a big club and they showed that when they won two trophies last season. I am here to add value to the team."

The former Lidoda Duvha man confirmed that he has had a heart-to-heart chat with Stars coach Allan Freese about his opportunities in Rustenburg.

"You must remember I was not part of the team during the pre-season and was behind in everything, including how they are playing this season," Manaka explains regarding his lack of game-time.

"It's a new environment for me and also I needed to settle down. However so far it has been good. I like the place in Rustenburg, it's more cool and quiet.

"I have been working hard at training and I believe I am now close to making by debut at Platinum Stars."

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