Free State Stars have beefed up their squad with 11 new players ahead of what will be a challenging season for them as they are set to compete in the Caf Confederation Cup.
Ea Lla Koto qualified for the continental competition following their Nedbank Cup final win over Maritzburg United at the end of last season.
The biggest acquisition is that of midfielder William Twala, who parted ways with Kaizer Chiefs after
failing to get enough game time last season.
Twala spent the second half of last season on loan at Maritzburg United. He also played for Orlando Pirates and Chippa United in the past.
Other notable new signings include striker Eleazar Rodgers, who joins the club on a free transfer from Bidvest Wits, Judas Moseamedi (Cape Town City), Mpho Maruping (Bloemfontein Celtic), Maboke Matlakala (Platinum Stars) and Tshepo Tema from Polokwane City.
Cesaire Gandze joins Stars from AC Leopards. The Congolese midfielder will bring his continental experience to the team having played in the Caf Champions League.
Ea Lla Koto have also acquired the services of two National first Division (NFD) stars in Ricardo Ndiki from Cape Town All Stars and Bongani Mbuli (Super Eagles) as well as Linda Bhengu from the relegated Mthatha Bucks.
In a statement released by the club, Stars said that coach Luc Eymael has been hard at work preparing his squad for the new season.
Ea Lla Koto general manager Rantsi Mokoena said: “I hope they will add value to our team, and the players that have been released we wish them well in their future endeavours.”
Stars parted ways with Mohammed Anas, Thamsanqa Teyise, Sello Japhta, Mumuni Abubbakar, Bathusi Aubaas
(loan TS Galaxy), Thabo Maphakisa, Mpho Mathekgane, Katlego Mashego, Nhlanhla Vilakazi, Siphelele Mthembu, Langelihle Ndlovu, Mduduzi Khumalo, Dylan Peterson and Jared Abrahams.
Meanwhile, South Africa youth international Khulekani Kubheka has signed a contract extension with Mamelodi Sundowns.
The 19-year-old shot-stopper has been a regular for the club's MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) team, and he appears to be enjoying his football at Chloorkop.