Vilakazi has Stars in eyes again

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Coach David Vilakazi has returned to QwaQwa to work for Free State Stars where he started his professional soccer career about 15 years ago.

Rantsi Mokoena, Stars' brand manager, yesterday confirmed the acquisition of Vilakazi as a joint assistant coach of Ea lla Koto.

Vilakazi, a teacher by profession, joined Stars from relegated Maritzburg United where he also served in the same capacity.

"We are delighted to have lured David to the club. He's back home. David was one of the players who helped build the brand of Stars," said Mokoena.

"He will be working with coach Goodwin Owua and the other assistant coach, Themba Sithole. The duo did a great job for us last season.

"We thought it would be a great idea to get a third coach to beef up our technical staff. That will make it easier for one of them to watch the other clubs playing."

Mokoena said Owua, the former Nigerian Under-20 and Under-23 coach, is expected to return to South Africa today to start with preparations for the new season.

"We expect competition to be tougher in the Premiership next season. That is why the technical staff is coming back earlier to start with the planning process," he said.

"Our plan is to make our presence felt in the Premiership. We have learnt a lot from our relegation to the Mvela Golden League.

"We have made it clear to the technical staff that we want to challenge for titles. We are not back in the Premiership for a holiday.

"Right now we are in the process of finalising negotiations with the players that we are targeting. We need a well- oiled squad," added Mokoena.

One of the new players who will be with Stars next season is striker Desmond Chauke, who is joining the club from FC AK.

The Stars brand manager also announced that they were searching for a full-time communications manager to start with immediate effect.

"We need a vibrant person who will sell the club to members of the public, somebody to also recruit supporters and launch branches."