Stars hang on to Malokase and Mere
AFTER agreeing to buy striker Patrick Malokase outright from Orlando Pirates, Platinum Stars have also retained former Bafana Bafana defender Vuyo Mere.
Stars manager Obed Legobate has confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Pirates over the price of the free-scoring Malokase.
The striker joined Stars on loan from Pirates during the January transfer window period and went on to score seven goals in the Absa Premiership for Celtic.
"We are delighted that Patrick will be staying on with us after Pirates agreed to sell him to us," said Legobate yesterday, but refused to divulge the amount.
"The personal terms with the player have been delayed as his handlers are not available. The boy has agreed to remain with us."
Malokase is happy to remain with Stars.
"I have been enjoying myself here and I'm happy to hear that Pirates and Stars have reached an agreement regarding my permanent move to Stars."
Mere, the flamboyant right-back, is also excited to have been offered a new deal to remain with the club.
Other players offered new deals are Sipho Nkosi, Thabiso Semenya, Elias Ngwepe, Innocent Mkhabela, Siyabonga Mpontshane and Kagiso Mlambo.
Stars, who could retain Cavin Johnson and Allan Freese as joint coaches in the new season, are still negotiating with Lebo Ramolesa and Phelani Mpangase to extend their stay at the club.
Stars, meanwhile, are offloading Eugene Etame Soppo, Tshifhiwa Mmbooi, Tshepo Moloto, Mbuyiselo Sambu, Mohamed Chicoto, Solomon Mathe, Nathan Paulse and Terrence Mandaza.