Ngalande on verge of Stars switch


Flames attacker Robin Ngalande is on the verge of switching South Africa Premiership clubs from Bidvest Wits to Platinum Stars, his management firm, Siyavuma Sports Group, has confirmed.

“They agreed the fee, but no one has signed yet. Hopefully tomorrow both clubs will sort it out,” the group said in a brief response to The Nation’s question on Sunday.

On the move: Ngalande (R)
On the move: Ngalande (R)

Ngalande joined Stars—home to compatriot Robert Ng’ambi— last week for trials alongside Senegalese defender Gira Tall. Both players featured on Sunday when Stars lifted the Maize Triangle Challenge.

Stars saw off Township Rollers 5-4 on post-match penalties from Botswana in the semi-final before sealing it off with a 1-0 win in the final over Mpumalanga Black Aces, who had defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 3-0 on Saturday, to lift the pre-season cup.

Forgotten Malawian midfielder Lawrence Majawa featured for Rollers at Moruleng Stadium in South Africa’s North West Province.

Wits, who have signed Gerald Phiri Jnr from Caps United, have opted against retaining Ngalande who they loaned out to Ajax Cape Town, but there he made just three full appearances and 10 as a substitute translating to one goal.

Several South Africa football publications have reported that Ngalande’s transfer to Stars could be sealed this week. Aces assistant coach Patrick Mabedi confirmed yesterday that Ngalande had a successful outing during the Maize Cup, but he struggled during the recent Cosafa Cup held in South Africa’s North West Province.

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