Young Stars eager to rebuild

2015-07-29 06:01
THABONG YOUNG STARS’ midfielder Tsietsi Tsoeu chips the ball passed by Dikoena’s Tshepo Moleko (blue) during the Free State leg of the South African Football Association/South African Breweries League promotion play-offs held in Bloemfontein in June.

THABONG YOUNG STARS’ midfielder Tsietsi Tsoeu chips the ball passed by Dikoena’s Tshepo Moleko (blue) during the Free State leg of the South African Football Association/South African Breweries League promotion play-offs held in Bloemfontein in June.

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THE coach of Thabong Young Stars, Lefu Mokhethi, has started the groundwork to build a formidable team to again challenge for promotion into the ABC Motsepe League in the new 2015-’16 football season.

His club faded at the gates of glory when it lost a decisive match 3-0 to Dikwena in the Free State leg of the South African Football Association (Safa) and South African Breweries (SAB) League promotion playoffs held last month in Bloemfontein.

Mokhethi’s outfit needed a draw against the Qwaqwa-based side Dikwena to be promoted to the ABC Motsepe League. However, his charges failed to rise to the occasion, letting their opponents crash their dream to achieve promotion into the second-tier league at the playoffs. This sees them continue life in the lower third division in the Lejweleputswa region.

The Welkom-based club was unchallenged in the third division during the just-ended season and convincingly won the league.

Mokhethi said he planned to rebuild a formidable team that would not only win the SAB League, but will also compete to gain outright promotion into the ABC Motsepe League this season’ . He said plans to strengthen the midfield, defence and striking departments formed part of building a competitive team.

“We are retaining the majority of the players as I believe they are still capable of challenging for promotion. We are looking at enlisting five players at least to reinforce the current squad. Plans are underway to secure the players I believe will fit in the team and help achieve our goal,” said Mokhethi.

He said they were scouting at least two quality midfielders to complement industrious midfielder Tsietsi Tsoeu, touted as the star player due to his experience. He previously played for now defunct Welkom United.

Stars returned from the recent Free State promotional playoffs in Bloemfontein with something to be proud of. They received three awards, the fair play trophy awarded to the team, player of the tournament presented to Tshepo Mokhabi, while Mokhethi was named coach of the tournament. The outfit received a bronze medal for finishing in third place

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