New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Reds Fishing in a Small Pond

Windhoek — In a bid to boost their highly rated, but fragile playing personnel, Katutura glamour football club African Stars have acquired the services of discarded FNB Orlando Pirates nimble-footed midfielder, Riaan 'Dockeys' Cloete.

The veteran playmaker enjoyed a three-year successful stint in Angola where he played for top clubs in that country's premier league before returning home to rejoin former club Orlando Pirates at the beginning of the 2010/2011 season.

However, the pocket-size midfielder surprisingly jumped the Buccaneers ship and joined unfashionable Hotspurs at the resumption of the 2011/2012 term - only to suffer the ignominy of relegation when the MTC Premiership League yo-yo team failed to hold on to their premiership status for the second time.

Cloete could just be what the good doctor ordered for the Reds, who have been found wanting constantly in the middle of the park in the absence of a creative midfielder ever since the unceremonious departure of wayward playmaker Quinton Jacobs.

After claiming the elusive MTC Premiership League crown in the 2008/2009 season with a subsequent double the following season the Reds have been made to live in the shadow of their more illustrious neighbours Black Africa and had to be satisfied with back-to-back 4th finishes over the last two seasons - a situation that has not gone down well with the hierarchy at Diaz House.

New Era Sports has it on good authority that Stars are burning the midnight oil to beef up their perennially misfiring striking force and negotiations are said to be at an advanced stage to lure former Black Africa (BA) goal poacher Clarence Foroma, to the Reds' nest.

The free-scoring Zimbabwean striker is currently plying his trade with Blackpool in South Africa's second tier division and could just be the missing link in Stars' desperate bid to dislodge BA from the pedestal.

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