Mashego urges team to remain humble

2015-08-05 06:00

BETHLEHEM. – Katlego Mashego, Free State Stars’ 2014-’15 player of the season, has warned his teammates to forget about their good Absa Premiership finish last season and focus on the job at hand for this campaign.

The Free State side battled relegation for much of last season, but won five of its last six matches to finish in ninth place.

However, Mashego, who missed just one league match last season, says the boys cannot afford to get carried away by what happened two months ago.

“We fought relegation for the past two seasons and we saw our mistakes. There were games we shouldn’t have lost, but we ended up losing,” Mashego says.

“This pre-season we’ve been working on our mistakes and I’m confident that we are going to start well, but we need to humble ourselves.

“We can’t go into the new season thinking that we played well in the last six games (last season) and think it’s going to be easy.

“We must humble ourselves and work very hard, because every team coming to us knows that we are capable of beating them – so it becomes difficult.”

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old says he is more than happy to remain with Stars despite reported interest from Kaizer Chiefs over the past few weeks.

“Loyalty is important. It is important to stay in one team.

“I think if you are a player and every season you are changing clubs, you would end up not being consistent with your play,” he explains.

“If you are at one team for a long time, you understand the culture and everything that is done at the club.

“I’m more than happy to stay at Free State Stars.”

The former Baroka FC defender­cum-midfielder has been with Stars since he joined the team four years ago. –

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