Tycoons confident of new striker


Renteria made his official debut for the Tycoons in a 2-0 defeat to Golden Arrows on Wednesday, and Stars feel that they were not disgraced in any way as they were still without two of their top strikers, Hareaipha Marumo and Henrico Botes.

Stars’ progress in the first round of the Premiership obviously took a knock as they have had to rely on midfielders Edward Williams (who is currently out injured) and Joseph Mkalipa, and on the rare occasion defender George Mofokeng, to score before recess in December.

Stars’ administrative manager Thierry Mulonzo and some players at the club tell snl24.com/kickoff that the diminutive but powerful striker needs only to get assistance from teammates Dingane Masanabo and Phumudzo Manenzhe before he provides the solution to their goalscoring problems.

Mulonzo says the South American packs plenty of power in his boots and is capable of very aggressive play.

“We may have lost our game against Arrows but Luis only got a few chances and was very unlucky in only of them, a lob that just went wide.”

According to attacking midfielder Koketso Mmotong the Colombian can run into space quickly and leaves defenders flat-footed.

“He scored a goal apiece in two friendlies, against Moroka Swallows and Bidvest Wits University, before the second kicked off and both of them were well taken.”

Stars’ captain Stanley Kgatla says what he likes most of the new striker is his ability to take on defenders.

“He can dribble past them easily. He is tireless and can make a quick turn and shoot. He reminds me of Jose Torrealba when he was at Mamelodi Sundowns.

“We think that after a few more games we will understand each other better and Luis will be able to bang in the goals for the team.