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Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Platinum Stars players have vowed to spare no effort when they host Moroka Swallows in an Absa Premiership game at Olympia Park tonight at 7.30pm.

The Tycoons suffered a humiliating 6-2 defeat to the Birds in the first round and believe that the time has arrived for them to avenge the loss.

Although they have injuries to key players in Phumudzo Manenzhe, Sailor Tshabalala, and Thabiso Monareng, with George Mofokeng serving a suspension, Stars are determined to collect the three points.

The side's manager, Thamaga Mokgophi, said they were still smarting over that defeat but were optimistic of beating Swallows this time round.

"They may be happy for that win, but we are not ashamed because we had some problems in the team then and also struggled to find our feet. The departure of our coach Owen (Da Gama) also had an adverse effect on the players. But we have found our form and it will be a different ball game altogether.

"We have not lost at home for a long time and our guys are ready to send our opponents back empty-handed. The spirit is high and this is one game we've been waiting for."

Mokgophi added that Hareaipha "Simba" Marumo, who was out of action for some time because of injury, was on top form and will spearhead the attack with Koketso Mmotong, Tshepo Ramokala and Dale Studzinski.

Swallows general manager Sipho Xulu said they were facing one of the most difficult hurdles of their lives against Stars.

"Our first round win is now behind us."


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