Stars beef up for top flight

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mike Mokoena, Free State Stars' boss, says they are looking for two qualified coaches to bolster the current technical staff as Ea lla Koto prepare for the Castle Premiership next season.

Mokoena admitted for the first time yesterday that Stars will gain outright promotion to the top flight, come May.

"We are looking for an assistant coach and a goalkeeper coach who have Safa level two coaching certificates," he said.

"Our head coach, Musa Abdullahi, has a programme for the new season and has recommended that we bring in a second assistant coach and a goalkeeper coach as a matter of urgency.

"We want the new coaches to join us before the end of next month to acclimatise themselves with the team."

Themba Sithole is the assistant coach at the Mvela Golden League giants.

"I have been modest about our chances of winning promotion, but now I can see that nothing will stand in our way from returning to the elite league at the end of the season," Mokoena said.

"But I can assure you that we will not be carried away by our 12-point lead on the log and we will continue to work hard to win all our remaining matches."

It appears that only a miracle will prevent Stars from shooting straight back to the top flight; they can achieve the feat with matches to spare. The Free Staters fortified their promotion hopes with a 2-1 win over PJ Stars in Meadowlands on Sunday.

Their closest rivals, FC AK, pipped struggling Western Province United 1-0 in Wynberg on Saturday.

Swaziland international and former Black Leopards linkman Wonder Nhleko scored the only goal of the match.

Other results:

Fidentia Rangers 2, Dynamos 1; GaRankuwa United 3, Vasco da Gama 2; City Pillars 1, Nathi Lions 1; Bay United 0, OR Tambo District Cosmos 0; Durban Stars 0, University of Pretoria 0; Witbank Spurs 2, Winnerspark 2.