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By unknown | Jan 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Free State Stars will demonstrate that they have not turned their backs on QwaQwa by playing their Free State derby against Bloemfontein Celtic, on February 20, there.

Ea Lla Koto publicist Louis "The King" Tshakoane, said the game will definetely not take place in Bohlokong as was announced earlier.

For the record, Stars start their 2008 campaign after the Africa Cup of Nations break against Santos at Goble Park on February 13.

Stars have registered Goble Park in Bohlokong as their permanent home ground, with Charles Mopeli Stadium, in Phuthaditjaba, as the alternative.

"Charles Mopeli Stadium is a bigger venue as compared to Goble Park and we are expecting multitudes of people to watch the derby against Celtic," said Tshakoane.

"We still have many supporters in QwaQwa and surrounding areas. Our chairman (Mike Mokoena) has made it clear that we won't abandon Charles Mopeli.

"Charles Mopeli is a stadium for the community and we will be playing some of the big games there. Free State is our home.

"Our support base has grown in the past few months because there are many people queuing to join the 'Red Army' (Stars' supporters).

"We are all working hard to lure more people in the Free State, young and old, to become card-carrying supporters of the club.

"We will also be expanding to other provinces such as Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and neighbouring countries."

Rantsi Mokoena, Stars' brand manager, said: "Our support base is growing in leaps and bounds. As I talk to you now, we have run out of replica jerseys.

"There are many people who bought the jerseys and other products in the past four weeks. We have also created a few jobs as some people are now selling them."

Tshakoane also announced that they had organised a meeting in Zamdela on January 26 to announce a new campaign for supporters' mobilisation.

"We expect 300 delegates from various registered branches to attend. We encourage people who want to register as card-carrying members to call us on 058-303-3401."


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