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If WHAT Platinum Stars coach Steve Komphela said about his new striker Norikazu Murakami is to be believed, then the North West side could be in for an interesting season.
Murakami is the first Asian player to ply his trade in South Africa, and from the little he's shown so far, he looks the part, says Khompela.
Murakami scored against Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Charity Cup but did not finish the game due to an injury.
Komphela said yesterday that Murakami had fully recovered. Komphela said the only thing that is keeping Murakami out now is his work permit. It still has to be sorted out.
"I am not thrilled about the fact that he is not playing competitive matches, but there is nothing we can do until his work permit is sorted out," Komphela said. "We are keeping him fit by playing him in friendly matches."
But team manager Obed Legobate revealed that the work permit issue would soon be sorted out.
"We are almost done with it. He should have his permit today."
Komphela described the Japanese as being a special talent. "I think we have made a good signing, otherwise I would have gone for local talent instead. He is a striker, and we definitely expect him to score goals for us.
"I am not worried about the pressure Murakami is likely to face. Pressure is always there in football, and in his case it will be a bit much as he is a foreigner but that's just the nature of the game. I think he'll be able to handle pressure," said Komphela.