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Mokoena's pep talk rewards

By unknown | Mar 31, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Despite rubbishing rumours of selling Free State Stars, chairman Mike Mokoena believes they have what it takes to become the first recipients of the Nedbank Cup.

"We had one or two slip-ups in the Premiership but I had a pep talk with everybody in the club last Wednesday. We are now back on track," said Mokoena.

Known for shooting from the hip, Mokoena said: "I made it clear to everybody that I was not happy with our performance, they needed to pull up their socks.

Mokoena was all smiles after Ea lla koto went on a goalscoring spree to hammer First Division side Ikapa Sprting 8-1 in Ke Yona at Welkom Rugby Stadium on Saturday.

"We are using the Nedbank Cup and remaining Premiership games as part of our preparations for the new season where the plan is to be competitive.

"In the league, I will be happy to finish well inside the top eight bracket but we will have to fight because other clubs are also doing well.

"I would like to urge the people of Free State and our supporters in general that there is absolutely no truth in reportsthat Free State Stars is for sale.

"We are currently involved in sponsorship negotiations with two Gauteng-based companies, we hope to secure one before the end of the season.

"I have just signed a three-year deal with the Welkom Rugby Union for the use of their stadium.

"Our support base is growing in leaps and bounds. Relocating to Welkom will help increase it. I don't need money, I have worked so hard for the one I have."

Jose De Abreu, Ikapa co-director, said: "We played well in the first 20 minutes, I maintain that the scoreline would be different if our two goals were allowed to stand.

"We are now going to start preparing for the new season, there are a few players that we will be signing to beef-up the team."

Scorers for Stars were Kennedy Mweene, Nathaniel November (two), Collins Chabalala (three), Matome Madimabe and Prince Olumu.

The Cape Town side's consolation goal came from Kurt Lentjies.


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