Manqele and Phungwayo sign on the dotted line

The Premiership’s worst kept secret is finally out as we can confirm defender Patrick Phungwayo and striker Edward Manqele has officially joined Free State Stars.

Manqele returns to Goble Park for his second stint after making his name within the domestic scene during the 2011/12 season – where he lit the Premiership up with 11 goals in 28 league games.

His form earned him a lucrative move to Mamelodi Sundowns, before going on to represent Moroka Swallows, Chippa United and Kaizer Chiefs.

Now the 30-year-old makes a long awaited return five years later to rediscover the form that made him one of the most lethal finishers in the South African top-flight.

Our second addition, Phungwayo, also joins on a free transfer and like Manqele – comes with a great pedigree.

The 29-year-old left back started his career at the esteemed African Soccer Development Academy before his professional breakthrough with Bidvest Wits in 2008.

After two seasons with the Clever Boys, the Alexandra born defender was rated amongst the most promising players in the country and made a temporary switch to Europe with Greek side Panionios.

However, upon returning from the loan deal, the pacey full-back continued to impress with the Students before earning a move to Orlando Pirates in 2012.

With 141 league appearances to his name, Phungwayo brings a wealth of experience to the camp and will no doubt add massively to the season ahead under the attack minded system of manager Luc Eymael.

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