Koketso Ramorei
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13 Mar 2014
6:00 am

Troubled Stars facing relegation

Koketso Ramorei

Coach Themba Sithole has conceded that Free State Stars are in trouble – but not in so many words.

Themba Sithole (head coach) of Free State Stars is interviewed by Superspport shortly after the Absa Premier League game between between Chippa United and Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium, 21 August 2012 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Stars suffered yet another defeat on Tuesday when they fell 3-2 to Maritzburg United.

One can argue that United’s victory was influenced largely by the tactical approach of coach Steve Komphela who had spent just over three season with Stars.

Komphela parted ways with Stars last year December following a string of poor performances.

The result sees Ea Lla Koto now second-from-bottom of the table with 17 points from 20 league games.

“If you look at the chances we missed in the first half, it could have been 3-2 in our favour,” said Sithole, above.

“A lack of concentration saw us conceding three goals through set-pieces.”

There is no doubt that the dogfight for survival will go down to the wire this season and might produce an huge upset to local football fans.

Stars’ hovering in the relegation zone with only 10 Premiership matches remaining this season, spells disaster for the club.

The club’s dismal state was also evident when they fell short of qualifying for the last-16 of the Nedbank Cup after a 1-0 defeat to First Division side Witbank Spurs.

Although Sithole acknowledges that things are not going well for the club, he reckons: “There is light at the end of the tunnel.”

“I don’t see this team going down.

“But I’m very happy with the way the boys are playing. I’m not disappointed, they fought hard. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and we will take it each game as we go.”

Stars have now lost their last three league games and will have a daunting task of facing the high-flying Bidvest Wits at the weekend.