Stars and Celtic strengthens squad

Free State Stars’ newest member Maxime Cecil Cosse with Coach Luc Eymael following the confirmation of the signing of the 25-year-old striker. Innocent Nemukondeni during a friendly march on Wednesday at Dr Molemela Stadium after the player just Bloemfontein Celtic this week. PHOTO supplied

BLOEMFONTEIN - The battle to move up the ABSA Premier League for Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars continues as both teams have subsequently beefed up their squad following the closure of January transfer period.

After signing a new goalkeeper last week, yesterday Sewelele confirm the signing of Innocent Nemukondeni, who came in on a two and half year contract. “We are excited to have signed such an exceptionally talented winger with great potential and he will surely add value. Our Technical team has identified areas that need reinforcement hence we signed a winger capable of bringing productive crosses to suit our style of play,” said Chabeli Motsamai the COO for Celtic.

Other players that have joined Siwelele during the transfer window include Lorenzo Gordinho and Menzi Masuku. Meanwhile, across the province, the Bethlehem based team has also confirmed new signing Belgian striker Maxime Cecil Cosse.  The 25-year-old attacker joins Ea Lla Koto from Belgian side Patro Eisden Maasmechelen. Cecil Cosse joins Free State Stars following the departure of Edward Manqele who has since joined Chippa United.

The 25-year-old Cecil Cosse, is the second Belgian player to be recruited by the club after signing of Andrea Fileccia, who is now in the books of Maritzburg United. Among big-name signings made in January‚ Mamelodi Sundowns brought in Aubrey Ngoma (from Cape Town City)‚ Jeremy Brockie (SuperSport) and Gaston Sirino (Club Bolivar‚ Bolivia).

Chiefs signed Leonardo Castro from Sundowns and Siphelele Ntshangase from Baroka FC. Pirates‚ along with Mulenga‚ signed Xola Mlambo from Bidvest Wits. Just before the closure of the transfer period, SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates made big signings in Evans Rusike (from Maritzburg United) and Zambian international star Augustine Mulenga (from Zanaco FC) acquired respectively.

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