Stars on hunt for first win

2016-09-21 06:00

BETHLEHEM. – In search of their first win of the 2016-’17 season, Free State Stars will welcome the Durban-based outfit of Golden Arrows in an Absa Premier League contest at the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem on Wednesday (21/09).

Kick-off is scheduled at 18:00.

Ea Lla Koto has only managed to collect one point out of a possible six since the beginning of the current season.

They lost the league opener by 1-2 away to the red-hot Chippa United before they played to a 0-0 draw in the Free State derby against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday (14/09), thanks to Thela Ngobeni who stole a point for the home team.

He was also voted man of the match on the day.

Stars are facing the Arrows team who won their previous encounter by 2-0, beating the Cape Town City, a team that was sold from Mpumalanga Black Aces.

In the last six games Stars and Arrows have both won three times.

But Abafana Besthende is capable of beating Denis Lavagne on their home turf. In an encounter on 9 January they suffered a 1-3 loss at Goble Park.

Lavagne is a worried man coming to this showdown as his injury list continues to grow. The latest is David Booysen who was stretchered off the field in the game against Celtic.

They still have the likes of Paulos Masehe, the skipper, Angelo Kerspuy, Makhehleni Makhaula and Joseph Okumu.

The French-born mentor said the injuries have affected his team since most of those injured were experienced players.

“I am hoping the team will play better against Arrows and hopefully get three points. We always want to win at home and we are going to approach the game in the same spirit,” he said.

Lavagne said he still needs time to work on the team since some of the players were not present during the pre-season preparation.

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