Free State Stars caretaker coach Themba Sithole says his main aim in the club’s nine remaining GladAfrica Championship games is to ensure they qualify for the promotional playoffs.
Yesterday, Stars general manager Rantsi Mokoena told FARPost that assistant coach Duncan Lechesa will now be in charge of the team, but changed his tune today saying both Sithole and Lechesa are in charge.
Sithole who started the season as ‘Ea lla Koto’s’ head coach before he was demoted due to a string of poor results, has been reinstated to the hot seat following the sacking of Milton Dlamini.
“It’s football baba, it’s football,” said Sithole.
“You know we started the season and you know things went the way they went, Heric [Vladislav] was here things did not work out, Milton was here, for whatever reason we don’t know, it’s between him and the management, we don’t know what exactly happened, maybe the management would know better.
“Looking at it now we need four games to catch up with the other guys, and there’s only nine games remaining. But football is football we will try and do our best and see where. “added Sithole.
Stars are currently 9th on the GladAfica Championship table with 28 points after 21 games. They are 14 points adrift of leaders Ajax Cape Town.
“You know the funny thing with football, when you start the season like we started it, our goal was to try and make sure that we have a team and that won’t get relegated, and for these youngsters to get experience, so that we go all out next season.
“But you know football is football, when you see that there is a chance like now, if we can do well in the remaining nine games and push to the playoffs. So, when you see that opportunity you can’t just say no, “said an optimistic Sithole.
“At the moment I think it’s opened the playoff spots, we are about nine points behind, if you can utilise your chances especially at home, I think it’s still possible for us to push at least to the playoffs.
“There is 27 points to go, and realistically you need to go at least…I think we can pick up another 18 points. We still have a chance to sneak in, “concluded Sithole.
By Musa Nhlapo