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By Thabo Johnson | Nov 30, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

COACH Gordon Igesund could easily have dug the grave for his charges, Free State Stars, on Saturday.

COACH Gordon Igesund could easily have dug the grave for his charges, Free State Stars, on Saturday.

The decorated mentor was clearly not happy that they drew 2-all with Mamelodi Sundowns at Goble Park Stadium on the day.

"Of course we should have won because we were playing at home," said Igesund.

"We got punished and had to chase the scoreline. We need to put extra effort in all games to get out of the situation we are currently in."

It could easily have been Igesund's first win since he took over at Stars a fortnight ago. It should also have helped Stars in their fight to move further away from the relegation zone.

The Free Staters seemed on the road to victory, until Igesund's blunder to substitute striker Kingston Nkatha with defender Sipho Nkosi in the second half.

The formation was immediately defensive with Stars now employing five defenders.

They had taken the lead when Aleni Lebyane scored in the 15th minute.

The decision exposed the hosts in the midfield and up-front where Lebyane played as a lone ranger.

The Brazilians capitalised and scored two goals through Katlego Mphela in the 57th minute and Siyanda Xulu two minutes later.

The excellent goals came from superb crosses initiated by Koketso Mmotong, who was introduced at the start of the second stanza, in the place of Lebohang Mokoena.

Stars only got back into the swing of things after Igesund introduced attacking minded duo of Sifiso Thomo and Mpho Makola. They levelled matters in the 79th through Nkosi.

The equaliser came from a neat set-piece taken by Siyabonga Mdluli against the run of play.

Brazilians' coach Hristo Stoitchkov blamed his strikers for failing to bag in more goals.


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