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Platinum Stars
Platinumstars.jpg
Full name Platinum Stars Football Club
Nickname(s) Dinaledi (Stars)
Founded 1998, purchased Khakhu Fast XI’s
Second Division franchise
Ground Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng,
Rustenburg & Moruleng Stadium, Moruleng
(Capacity: 42,000 & 20,000)
Chairman George Khonou
Coach South Africa Steve Komphela
League ABSA Premiership
2008-09 ABSA Premiership, 13th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
old logo

Platinum Stars are a South African football (soccer) club based in Phokeng, North West Province that plays in the Premier Soccer League.

They are fully owned by the Royal Bafokeng tribe and are nicknamed Dinaledi, the Tswana name for Stars.

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History

The club is the historical descendent of Highlands Park, one of the most successful and popular teams in the old, whites-only apartheid era South African league. Highlands Park, which had a red and white outfit similar to Arsenal's, played at Balfour Park in the northern Johannesburg neighbourhood Highlands North. Its fan base was located in the surrounding affluent (and highly Jewish) northern Johannesburg neighbourhoods such as Houghton, Saxonwold, Sydenham, Glenhazel, Highlands North, Rosebank, Killarney, Linksfield and Cyrildene.

Following the disbanding of the old racist league, the club went into bankruptcy. Long time fan and businessman Larry Brookstone purchased it out of receivership, and reestablished it as an amateur club. Within a few years it had won all the amateur titles, and was again eligible to play in the professional league.

The club merged with Silver Stars, and became known as HP Silver Stars. This was subsequently shortened to Silver Stars.

In 2006, the club, then still known as Silver Stars, and the Royal Bafokeng Nation agreed on a sponsorship deal with the team moving its home games from Polokwane to the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace near Rustenburg, North West Province. The stadium will be used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Being one of South Africa's most ambitious and entertaining outfits, the club's goal is to promote the Platinum Stars brand and to grow a large fan base in the North West region as the only Premier Soccer League club competing there.

They achieved their first piece of silverware in the club's history in late 2006 when they managed to beat Ajax Cape Town 3-1 in the final of the inaugural Telkom Knockout.

In May 2007, the investment vehicle of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, Royal Bafokeng Holdings, bought a 51% stake in the Silver Stars, which were later renamed Platinum Stars, to reflect the historic association of both the North West province and the RBN with platinum mining in South Africa.

As of 2009, the club is now fully owned by the Royal Bafokeng tribe after acquiring the remaining shares. The new club owners also replaced long-time managing director Larry Brookstone.

In 2008, Stars became the first South African side to beat Al Ahly when they beat the Egyptian giants 2-1 in an African Champions League, third round, first leg clash.

Honours

  • 2006 Telkom Knockout Winners
  • 2002/03 First Division Inland Stream Champions

Club records

  • Most starts: Stanley Kgatla 116
  • Most goals: Dingane Masanabo 24
  • Most capped player: Manqoba Kunene (Swaziland)
  • Most starts in a season: Edward Williams 34 (2003/04)
  • Most goals in a season: Hareaipha Marumo 13 (2006/07)
  • Record victory: 4-0 vs Lesotho Correctional Services (18/02/08, CAF Champions League)
  • Record defeat: 0-6 vs Golden Arrows (18/3/09, PSL)
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Premier Soccer League record

Club officials/Technical team

  • Chairman: South Africa George Khonou
  • MD: South Africa Ian Riddick
  • Team manager: South Africa Obed Legobate
  • Coach: South Africa Steve Komphela
  • Assistant coach: South Africa David Vilakazi
  • Goalkeeper coach: Brazil Edgard Da Silva

2009/2010 First team squad

As of December 5, 2009 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Zimbabwe GK Tapuwa Kapini
2 South Africa DF Mamadimo Masenya
3 South Africa DF Sibusiso Msomi
4 South Africa DF Oscar Ntwagae
5 South Africa MF Godfrey Sapula
6 South Africa DF Willem Jackson
7 South Africa MF Mzikayise Mashaba
8 South Africa MF Stanley Kgatla (Captain)
9 Namibia FW Henrico Botes
10 South Africa MF Thabiso Monareng
11 South Africa MF Reuben Thebakang
13 South Africa MF Bafana Tshabalala
14 South Africa FW Simba Marumo
15 South Africa DF Lefa Mogaila
16 Mozambique DF Miro
17 South Africa MF Lehlohonolo Masalesa
18 South Africa FW Themba Ntumba
19 South Africa FW Alton Meiring
No.   Position Player
20 South Africa MF Edward Williams
21 Japan FW Norikazu Murakami
22 South Africa MF Joseph Mkalipa
23 South Africa FW Bradley Grobler
24 South Africa DF Tshiamo Seneo
25 South Africa GK Alan Thomas
26 South Africa DF Mbulelo Mabizela
27 South Africa FW Vaughan Miller
28 South Africa MF Tshepo Ramokala
29 South Africa DF George Mofokeng
31 South Africa GK Dino Visser
32 South Africa MF Vusumuzi Madinane
33 South Africa DF Joseph Malongoane
34 South Africa MF Kagiso Senamela
35 South Africa MF Coldrin Coetzee
79 South Africa MF Dillon Sheppard
80 Colombia FW Luis Rentería
99 South Africa MF Daniel Tshabalala
Côte d'Ivoire GK Noel Yobou

Foreigners

In the South African PSL, only five non-South African nationals can be registered. Players with foreign and South African citizenship do not count as foreigners. Namibians born before 1990 can be registered as South Africans.

Official sponsor

Dunns

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