Ex-Buccaneer completes Stars return


Free State Stars have completed the signing of a former Orlando Pirates striker on a one-year deal.

Ayanda Nkosi played his first game for the GladAfrica Championship outfit against fellow ex-Absa Premiership side Ajax Cape Town on Saturday as his new side lost 3-2 in Cape Town.

Nkosi, who is returning to Stars for the second time, has been searching for employment since he was released by Pirates at the end of last season.

"He's here," Stars head coach Themba Sithole confirms to KickOff.com.

"Even though at the moment he looks very flat, he will have to work very hard to go back to his best to see what it is that we can do. But at the moment from the game that he played he looked like he has gained a lot, and he will need discipline from his side for him to go back to his best.

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"We played him first half on the weekend, wanting to see how he was based on what we saw a little at training. We wanted to see if he can really bring a little bit of experience up front but it didn't work for us. The first half actually it was hell because the way we started giving these guys opportunities, defensively they were found wanting and... it didn't work.

"We sent Ayanda last minute, but from the game I think he has to work a lot, especially on his fitness level. Because I think in this game we made a lot of mistakes especially with the starting line-up. I think we shouldn't have started the way we started, and I think we also rushed Ayanda. You know we signed him this week and we rushed to play him because we thought experience, experience.

"But we need to give him a bit of time just to work a little bit physically, shape up a little bit. We will see what he can give us... if he can bring that bit of experience that we signed him for."

Sithole also explained the absence of veteran midfielder Paulus Masehe against the Urban Warriors.

"Masehe was burying his mother this weekend, so he was not with us."