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Platinum Stars will be seeking a first Nedbank Cup final appearance after having won two cup trophies last season and also appeared in the decider of the Telkom Knockout this year.

While those successes are welcome, the club have never made it to the decider in the Nedbank Cup, despite coming close since their elevation to the top-flight in 2003.

They were semifinalists in 2013 but fell in extra time to SuperSport United after a five-goal thriller in what was their second trip to the Last 4 to go with three quarterfinal placings.

The club have three quarterfinals showings in the competition over the past 10 seasons and have reached the semifinals twice – the first time in 2007 when they were beaten by Mamelodi Sundowns in a penalty shoot-out after a thrilling encounter.

The club has been transformed dramatically over the last few years. They started out with the vision of Johannesburg businessman Larry Brookstone, who sought to rebuild the defunct Highlands Park, into a more practical solution with Silver Stars and now a change in name and ownership.

Their takeover by Royal Bafokeng Holdings means Stars were relocated from Johannesburg to the North West province, where they have taken up residence in a fantastic state-of-the-art training complex that was used by England in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The club announced their arrival the South African soccer scene in April 2003 when as a second division side they knocked Orlando Pirates out of the cup in sensational upset and advanced to the quarterfinals of the competition, where Jomo Cosmos needed a last-minute goal to end their fairy-tale run.

They won promotion the same season and have been a regular fixture in the league since.

Source: http://www.nedbankcup.co.za/teams-psl/platinum-stars

Posted: 19 March 2015
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