Local News 30.7.2016 09:05 am

Khoza believes Free State Stars will bounce back

Dr Irvin Khoza during the PSL Chairman's press conference at the PSL Headquarters.  (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Dr Irvin Khoza during the PSL Chairman's press conference at the PSL Headquarters. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

PSL chairman Irvin Khoza thinks Free State Stars can still finish in the top eight in the Absa Premiership next season, despite the disruption of their botched sale to Panyaza Lesufi’s consortium.

Stars’ owner Mike Mokoena was looking to sell his franchise because of financial problems, and had signed a sale agreement, but Lesufi’s consortium could not meet the Premier Soccer League’s requirements for the sale to go through.

Ea Lla Koto had already told their players that they would be relocating to Johannesburg, while stars from last season like Ayanda Nkosi and Lucky Mohomi have moved on to other clubs.

“What they (Stars) explained to the media as their reasons to sell explains the challenges we are having in football,” said Khoza this week.

“It is not easy to restart your engine, especially after you have told your players that someone else is taking over .… it is challenging but we hope they soldier on.

“Mike Mokoena has a unique way of finding talent, they have got a coach and will be competing with a team for this season. I won’t be surprised if they finish in the top eight, he has the infrastructure, it has not been completely dismantled. They are still training, we hope they will be able to bounce back and we wish them the best of luck.”

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United 0-0 FS Stars
Chiefs 2-0 Maritz United
Plat Stars 0-1 Baroka

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Maritzburg Utd vs P City
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psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Arrows 4 9
2 Orlando Pirates 3 7
3 Bidvest Wits 3 7
4 Kaizer Chiefs 4 7
5 Cape Town City 4 7
6 SuperSport United 4 5
7 Polokwane City 4 5
8 Chippa United 2 4
9 Platinum Stars 3 4
10 Baroka FC 4 4
11 Maritzburg Utd 4 4
12 Highlands Park 3 3
13 Ajax Cape Town 4 2
14 Free State Stars 4 2
15 Sundowns 1 1
16 Bloem Celtic 3 1