Stars and Arrows collide in the relegation battle
Free State Stars and Golden Arrows will meet in the battle of relegation when they two underperforming sides collide at the Goble Park on Saturday afternoon, kickoff at 15:30.
Free State Stars are 15th on log with13 points from 16 matches, while Golden Arrows are rock bottom with same numbers of points as Ea Lla Koto but they have played one more game than their Saturday opponents.
Abafana Bes’thende will travel to Free State without a head coach, after parting ways with Englishman Mark Herrison, who left the club along with his son and goalkeeper Ryan Harrison last week. The Durban-based outfit are guided on interim basis by former South Africa international striker Shaun Bartlett, who beat fellow strugglers Polokwane City 3-2 in their last outing to register their only fourth win of the season.
Free State Stars are winless in seven games up to date, but their caretaker coach Thamba Sithole says he is optimistic things will change as his side are playing well, but lack finishing in front of goal and that is what they have been working on at training.
“If one look at our past two matches we dominated those match and created number of scoring chances and on both occasion the score line was not true reflection of the match. We have been working on our finishing and one hopes that the strikers can take same training scoring boots to the match,” he told the club official website during the week.
He added. “ The defence have stood firm it’s just the lapse of concentrating in the midfield that one needs to instil in the players but generally I am happy with the way the team performed in the last two games.
The Qwa-Qwa based side are boosted by the return of defender Daniel Cardoso, who has been out for a while after a long injury layoff and there is also a possible return for former Kaizer Chiefs attacking midfielder Mthokozisi Yende.