Gift Links, Benson Shilongo switch Platinum Stars for Egyptian club

accreditation earlier reported that Links and Shilongo had jetted out to North Africa last week, pending moves to an unnamed club in Egypt.

It can now be confirmed that Links has signed a four-and-a-half year deal, while Shilongo penned a three-and-a-half year deal with Al Assiouty, who are currently in 10th-place in the 18-team league, at the halfway stage of their first top-flight campaign, following their promotion last season.

According to the players' representatives, both are in contention for their new club's next fixture against second-placed Ismaily on Monday evening.

"The boys have settled in well so far. They've had a few training sessions and obviously looking forward to the new challenge," Siyavuma Sports Group operations director Keegan Wasserfall tells this website.

"They are both happy with the surroundings and facilities, and everyone at the club has welcomed them nicely. They are currently training hard to be in contention for the next league game on Monday."

 Links (pictured left in Egypt) is a 19-year-old South African-born winger, who was last year invited by Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter to join the national team training sessions ahead of the friendly international against Zambia in June.

Shilongo is a 25-year-old Namibia senior international striker, who joined Dikwena from Botswana outfit Gaborone United in July 2016, and managed five goals in 19 league appearances last season.

The attacking pair only made two appearances each under new coach Roger de Sa this season, prior to their moves to Al Assiouty.

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