Platinum Stars sign Colombian striker

2008-09-09 18:51

Platinum Stars have signed the Columbian striker Luis Robinson Renteria on a three-and-a-half year deal. The 26-year-old arrived last weekend and made an immediate impression on the coaching staff of The Lions of North.

Renteria comes from the Venezuelan outfit Estudiantes de Merida, scoring seven goals to date this season. However, last season, Renteria won Venezuela’s Golden Boot thanks to scoring 19 goals for Trujillanos.

The striker started out his professional career in Colombia at Atletico Nacional in 1999. Since then, he has played for various clubs in Colombia, China, Ecuador and, more recently, Venezuela. His younger brother Wason, who’s also a striker, plays for French side RC Strasbourg.

Platinum Stars gained an excellent second position last season, but have been struggling this season, even finding themselves bottom of the log before new coach Miguel Gamondi came on board.

Five points were gained in the last two matches before the break, after which Stars moved up to the 13th position. Scoring goals has been the main problem, due to the injuries of strikers like Henrico Botes and Hareaipha Marumo. Top scorer at present is midfielder Edward Williams with four goals, of which three came in the last two matches.

“We’ve a much better squad than our log position shows,” Gamondi says, “but we could so with some firepower up-front, especially with the MTN CAF Champions League matches coming up.”

Before the 2007/2008 season started, Mamelodi Sundowns also showed interest in signing Renteria as a replacement for Jose Torrealba, but the deal never materialised.