Absa Premiership Preview: Free State Stars vs Bloemfontein Celtic
Free State Stars will be aiming to turn the table around and return to winning ways when they welcome provincial rivals Bloemfontein Celtic at the Goble Park this coming Saturday afternoon, kickoff at 3pm.
Ea Lla Koto are languishing in the relegation zone as they lie 15th on the log standings with 13 points after 14 matches. They last time the Bethlehem-based outfit won was on the 9th of November last year, before going five matches without win and losing three times on the process.
Their interim coach, Themba Sithole, who took over from sacked Steve Kompela towards the end of November, and also yet to taste a win since taking over the reign, says the team showed positive progress during the summer break and he is confident that his charges are ready for the second-round of the season.
“We have worked hard in the full month that we have received. The players have done well and responsive to the system we introduce,” said Sithole, who will work alongside former Malawi National Team coach Kinnah Phiri, who is on his second spell at Free Sate Stars after guiding the struggling side to 5th finish in the 2007/2008 season.
“The experience of my assistant Kinnah Phiri and I that we have experienced in the International courses, will take the team out of danger zone put it where it needs to be,” Sithole continues to tell his club official website
Free State Stars are one of the few teams who were busy in the transfer market, bringing in three new faces in the squad to help them fight relegation battle, with one of new names include on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns and former Premiership top goal-scorer Richard Henyekane.
“Henyekane is fitting well in front and he looking to maybe play in the Saturday’s match. We also have Jorie Basie and Saalman King, who both need some conditioning but they should be ready in no time,” the 49-year old coach concluded.