Uncategorized 24.4.2014 06:00 am

Stars sense a silver lining

Luyolo Nomandela of Free State Stars during theAbsa Premiership 2013/14 match between Free State Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns at Charles Mopeli Stadium in Qwa Qwa on the 18 March 2014
©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Luyolo Nomandela of Free State Stars during theAbsa Premiership 2013/14 match between Free State Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns at Charles Mopeli Stadium in Qwa Qwa on the 18 March 2014 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

A quick glance at the current Absa Premiership standings makes you consider the possible that Free State Stars should miss automatic relegation, but not the play-offs.

Stars are second from bottom with 24 points after 26 matches, just above Golden Arrows on 18 points with just five games remaining, looking set for automatic relegation to the National First Division.

Stars have four matches left and their next game is against high-riding Mpumalanga Black Aces this weekend.

But Ea Lla Koto’s enterprising midfielder Luyolo Nomandela believes his team has a big chance of moving out of the relegation quagmire.

“It is highly possible that we will survive without the play-offs,” Nomandela, above, said.

“Yes, it’s easy to write us off, but we will remain in the PSL.”

Stars have not been able to display the spirited performances which depict a side looking to save their status and the fact that the team is fighting the drop, has seen many other sides lining up to sign Stars players for the new season.

Nomandela is a case in point and has already agreed to join Mamelodi Sundowns next season.

Asked if such moves would hamper the team’s concentration levels in fighting relegation, Nomandela said this was not the case.

Instead, the players are respecting the fact that they know Stars butters their bread.

“Stars pay our salaries so we cannot think elsewhere that here,” he said.

“The team is still treating us well and we have absolutely no reason to start thinking about where our futures lie but focus on making sure we survive.”

This Saturday they host Amazayoni at Goble Park Stadium in a game which they should win to ease their relegation woes.

But Aces will not be a walk in a park for Ea Lla Koto, as Aces have been impressive lately with a win over Orlando Pirates and an emphatic victory over title chasers Kaizer Chiefs.

But Nomandela said his team was not concerned about their opposition and their focus remained on collecting maximum points.

 

 

 

 

 

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