Free State Stars plan to return to winning ways at Goble Park

AFTER collecting three points on the road in three matches, Free State Stars return to Goble Park tomorrow where they hope to add to AmaZulu's woes.

AFTER collecting three points on the road in three matches, Free State Stars return to Goble Park tomorrow where they hope to add to AmaZulu's woes.

The two sides meet in what is expected to be an exciting Absa Premiership match with both clubs under tremendous pressure to move out of the danger zone.

"Getting three points away in the last three games is not bad and we are planning to return to Goble Park in style by beating Usuthu," said Stars general manager Rantsi Mokoena yesterday.

Themba Sithole's side drew 2-all with Santos in Cape Town, and 1-all with Maritzburg United in Pietermaritzburg and BidVest Wits in Johannesburg in their last three games.

"We are having a very short season because of the 2010 World Cup finals so it is crucial that we start winning matches and also be consistent," he said. "Draws are not good enough."

With Siyabonga Mdluli serving a one-match suspension, the Free Staters welcome three regular players - Ruben Cloete, Martin Carelse and Paulos Masehe - back from injury.

Usuthu publicist Philani "Zane" Mabaso said they wanted to dim Stars - who were defeated 1-0 by Platinum Stars in their last match at home - in their own backyard.

"Going to Goble Park is a mission on its own but we are ready for Stars, who are a difficult side to beat at home. We will fight to the bitter end for a win," Mabaso said.

Usuthu welcome back former Majimbos winger Mark van Heerden from suspension, while Ntokozo Sikhakhane will undergo a fitness test today.

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