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By unknown | Apr 14, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Free State Stars are embarking on an ambitious programme to set up a fully fledged academy to serve as a feeder to the Premiership club.

Ea Lla Koto have acquired the services of former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns winger Sammy Troughton to head their development programme.

The arrival of Troughton was confirmed by Rantsi Mokoena, Stars' brand manager.

"We have offered Troughton a three-year deal. He has already started and one of the first things will be to set up proper development structures," Mokoena said.

"Our chairman [Mike Mokoena] is a strong believer in the youth policy, he wants to see the club producing its own players.

"His idea is that we should invest more money in the young players in the team. Troughton has a great track record in terms of the development of players.

"We all know that he used to work with youngsters like Lerato Chabangu, Robyn Johannes and George Maluleka, who are now big names.

"There is talent in abundance in the Free State and Troughton will be travelling throughout the province in search of new players.

"Troughton will be based in Bethlehem. Our vision is to have a big academy where impressive players will also be accommodated."

Troughton takes over from Themba Sithole, who has joined Carara, a club owned by Mike Mokoena's son Motebang.

Carara have qualified for the Vodacom playoffs.


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