Ea Lla Koto on road to recovery

2016-09-28 06:00

BETHLEHEM. Z Themba Sithole, the Free State Stars interim coach, admitted he has a big job on hand to turn the club’s poor performance around.

The club performed poorly in the pre-season and during the first couple of weeks of the campaign.

Stars were on the verge of being sold to a consortium posing as Moroka Swallows, and sold off some of their best players in anticipation of that sale, before the deal fell through at the last minute.

Ea Lla Koto then fired coach Denis Lavagne last week after he failed to win a match in three games Z the first coach sacked this season, just as they did last season.

Sithole, who has served the club for many years in various capacities, admitted he has had to pick up the pieces and correct some selection decisions that were made by the Frenchman, whose coaching methods did not go down well with the players.

“They were very demoralised and were not treated very well,” Sithole told reporters after the game.

“I had to work on their minds.

“We only have one session to try to rectify the damage that was done in the three months of the pre-season during which the team was not clicking at all.

“We had a session and we tried to work on a couple of things.

“We are planning counter-attacking moves to try and instil confidence.

“There were so many things that were not right and we had to work on those things.

“We had to work on their minds and for some of the players, this was their first game.

“A player like the Kenyan, Joseph Okumo, has not played before. I don’t know the reason for this. We have a good team, however and we just have to start picking up points.”

Sithole, who has been given two matches to guide the team while the club searches for a new coach, said the point gained after a terrible week was a good starting point.

He feels with more time at his disposal the team will improve.

“The level of fitness in the team has also been a matter of concern. This was noticeable in the second half of our last match.

“But going into the next game we will have a couple of sessions between now and Wednesday, and I think you will see a better performance then we had.”

Sithole’s side will set their sights on their first win of the season when Ea Lla Koto welcome Kaizer Chiefs to the James Motlatsi Stadium on Wednesday (28/09).

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