local soccer 3.8.2013 05:30 am

Mere backs new Stars coach

Platinum Stars skipper Vuyo Mere has tipped new coach Allan Freese to succeed with the club this season.

Freese was named Stars coach this week, replacing Cavin Johnson, who left to join SuperSport United, and will be assisted by Willem Jackson.

Freese was contracted on a performance basis, but Mere feels there is no better man for the job.

“The new coach will work with last season’s technical team, which is the good thing for us,” Mere said.

“They understand the players and with the help of the previous technical team, I think it will be easier for him.

“The coach told us that he is not going to change anything, and that we did well last season. “But there is always room for improvement in the team.

“He is willing to work with us and the good thing is that he doesn’t want to change much in the team.

“So we just have to continue from where we left off from last season.”

Dikwena did well last season, finishing second in the league, a point behind champions Kaizer Chiefs, but Mere feels it will be tough for them to replicate the form this season they showed in the last campaign.

“We finished second, last season and the only way not to finish second is first and that’s our target.

“Teams have started looking at us and now we are the team to be reckoned with in the Premiership.

“Luckily enough we’ve got experienced players in the team who have been in this situation before.”

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