GladAfrica Championship log leaders JDR Stars have snapped up goalkeeper, Bongani Manavhela.
The deal was confirmed by the player’s business manager Pontsho Madumo of Cream Sports Management.
JDR also later announced they have signed Manavhela.
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JDR Stars owner and coach Nditsheni Nemasisi has sent a strong warning to fellow Glad Africa Championship teams who think the newcomers are top of the league temporarily.
JDR have been a surprise package to the newly refurbished league sitting at the top of the table with 15 points from seven matches – two points above second placed Ajax Cape Town.
The Pretoria-based club together with Richards Bay are the only two teams yet to lose a league match in the second tier this season.
“Of course, it is what we want to achieve (Promotion). If you remember when the GladAfrica Championship launch was done, I indicated that we are here to compete, and people thought I am busy bluffing. That’s the plan but of course in football a lot of things can happen but that is the plan. If you look at home strongly, we have started it shows that this is a team that cannot talk about relegation,” Nemasisi told FARPost.co.za.
The 37-year-old who is an Attorney by profession also gave out a warning to teams that may take his charges for granted.
“When a team is coached by a Chairman people think the chairman is forcing things and does not know what they are doing. But when it comes to JDR it is different,” he said.
“I am not coaching because I am Chairman – I am coaching because I know what I am doing. People undermine what we and what I am capable of as a coach”
JDR have kept the majority of the players who helped the win the national Promotion Playoffs and only added a few players with GladAfrica Championship experience including the likes of Vusimuzi Mncube (Jomo Cosmos), Stanley Makgoka (TS Galaxy), Tshepo Mashigo and Misho Mtebule (Richards Bay).
They have also signed Togolese Goalkeeper Dove Abotchi (27) from AS Togo-Port.
By Ofhani Munyai