Young Stars aim high

2015-06-03 06:00
FIRED-UP: Thabong Young Stars players warming up at training under the watchful eye of coach Lefu Mokhethi at the Thotagauta Secondary School’s sports field.

FIRED-UP: Thabong Young Stars players warming up at training under the watchful eye of coach Lefu Mokhethi at the Thotagauta Secondary School’s sports field.

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PROMOTION via the play-offs into the South African Football Association (Safa) ABC Motsepe League remains the target of the Thabong Young Stars coach, Lefu Mokhethi.

His team is gearing-up for the play-offs final to compete for one of the two available spots in the second-tier league of the Free State stream. The Welkom-based outfit will compete against winners of the other four regions X Mangaung, Thabo Mofutsanyana, Fezile Dabi and Xhariep. The provincial play-offs final is set to be staged from 12 to 14 June in the Xhariep region at a venue yet to be announced. Stars qualified for the promotional play-offs after clinching the 2014-’15 Lejweleputswa Safa SAB Regional League title.

Winning the regional championship is not on Mokhethi’s mind as he targets promotion to the second-tier league. “To some it is an achievement, but I’m not celebrating it yet. We are focusing on preparing for the promotional play-offs final and want to win at all costs. Winning the region’s third division is not worth celebrating. It is a ticket to the play-offs final. If we gain promotion to campaign in the ABC Motsepe League, we can certainly talk of achievement because that will be a step closer to the professional league,” says Mokhethi.

He says he has made the players aware of the importance of focusing and applying their minds on the promotional play-offs which commence next week.

“Fortunately, the players look committed and are working to achieve the goal to win promotion to the second-tier league. That will put the icing on the cake after hard work this season,” says Mokhethi.

Stars boast of a blend of talented youthful players on whom the coach depends in plotting the club’s success.

Most of the players are students at the Thotagauta Secondary School in Thabong, township of Welkom. Influential lads attending the school in question include Kgopotso Seselinyane, Monde Masobe, Ranele Mphohle, Amogelang Rakgalane, Tshepang Sefali, Molefi Liphoko and leading goal-poacher Tshepo Mokhabi, who has scored 64 goals.

Mokhethi attributes the club’s initial success to team effort coupled with support from co-directors Seun Mokgomo and Sam Mokhuwa. “The past three seasons we learned good lessons and gained knowledge of how to plot our success. The play-offs final is truly going to test our strength and determine if we are a quality side and qualified on merit. I will be very happy to gain promotion to the second division because it will be good for the players,” says Mokhethi

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