local soccer 31.7.2013 12:00 am

Star’s coach faces tough days ahead

Allan Freese has been here before. But this time the stakes are much higher than they were back in the middle of the 2012 season when he was interim coach at Platinum Stars following the departure of Owen Da Gama.

Freese is now the new head coach for Star’s 2013/2014 campaign and will be assisted by Willem Jackson, who has been a part of the technical team for a while now.

But the pair’s mandate will be made tougher by the fact that Cavin Johnson, who left the club at the end of June to join SuperSport United, finished as the league’s runners-up last season.

But Freese believes that the success of the club last season was a collective effort and the same amount of energy must be put in to guarantee the team’s success this time around.

“The success of the team last season was an effort by everybody involved,” said Freese, “from the management down to the players. We hope, like any other team in the PSL, that we could do better than we did last season.

“For now we will not be changing anything, yes maybe in a long run we might tweak one or two things but we are going to keep the same style of play that the team is known for and make sure that we do all we can to succeed in the coming season.

“We are not yet a 100% ready, at least not yet, we still need to sort out a few things. I haven’t had time to assess the new players properly but I think they will play a pivot part in the team’s success and make their valued contribution to the team.”

Stars have confirmed the signings of former Bay United midfielder, Vincent Khumalo, Takesure Chinyama who was released by Orlando Pirates late last month and Sibusiso Hadebe from Golden Arrows.

Senzo Mazingisa, the club’s football manager said that Freese’s appointment is more of a long-term plan than anything else.

“Freese has a contract with the club,” said Mazingisa, “and the management saw it fitting that he takes the job on a permanent basis”.

Mazingisa added that the management of the club has placed its faith in his abilities of continuing the success trend and that with all the resources available at his disposal, he will do the job earnestly.

“Every team wants to finish first,” said Mazingisa. “There are 15 other teams in the PSL that are raring to go. So we need to put our best foot forward and make sure that we do whatever we can to succeed.

“We have faith in his abilities as a coach and that of the rest of the technical personnel to keep the high standards of the team. We believe that he will do the job and make not only the team proud, but also the fans.”

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