Platinum Stars have announced the signings of 13 new players, most of them promoted from their development structures.
Their highest-profile acquisition is that of Henrico Botes, although he is a veteran at the age of 37.
They have also roped in Botes’ Namibia colleague Benson Shilongo, relatively unknown youngster Thobani Kunene from Durban and goalkeeper Steven Hoffman.
Those promoted are Katlego Khunou, Tshirelatso Lesabane, Sipho Senne, Sphamandla Mlilo, Sphiwe Mnguni, Nhlakanipho Duma, Gift Links, Kamohelo Mathe, Thuto Mphahlele.
Dikwena have also opted to release a whole list of experienced players, amongst them being Eleazar Rodgers and Tlou Segolela.
Others that are no longer at the Rustenburg club are Sibusiso Radebe, Vincent Khumalo, Letladi Madubanya, Nicholas Mlambo, Robin Ngalande, Bongi Ntuli, Mduduzi Nyanda, Thabiso Semenya, Bouna Coundoul and Emmanuel Mathias – a total of 12.
Coach Cavin Johnson says he is building for the future.
“I am building a team for the next three years,” he said.
“I think the youngsters will bring a lot to the team. We identified them and gave them a programme. Whatever happens here is because we work together, we want to compete with the top five in the PSL.
“The core of the team is still there. I see the same faces in the PSL and that is not good, that’s why I decided to develop and promote new players.”
“It’s a move from one side to the other side. I’d like to see some new blood so that, as a coach, I need to scratch my head to find out how to play against a particular player.”