Ea Lla Koto gets new coach

2016-06-29 06:00
THE new Free State Stars head coach, Denis Lavagne, who is coming in to fill the boots of Giovanni Solinas, who resigned at the end of the 2015-’16 season. Photo: Supplied

THE new Free State Stars head coach, Denis Lavagne, who is coming in to fill the boots of Giovanni Solinas, who resigned at the end of the 2015-’16 season. Photo: Supplied

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BETHLEHEM. – Free State Stars have announced Denis Lavagne (51) as their new head coach.

Lavagne joined the Bethlehem-based outfit on Wednesday (22/06). He comes in to replace the Italian Giovanni Solinas, who jumped ship at the end of the season for personal reasons.

The French-born coach from Béziers has a rich history, having coached several clubs on the African continent.

Among the teams he has coached are Coton Sport (Cameroon), Etiole Du Sahel (Tunisia), Al Itthiad Alexandra (Egypt) and Masde Fes (Morocco).

Lavagne added more silverware to his CV three years ago when he won the Tunisian Cup, with Etoile Sahel beating CS Sfaxien in the final.

Rantsi Mokoena, the team general manager, told the team website that they were delighted to welcome Denis Lavagne to Free State Stars.

“Of all the candidates we interviewed for the job, his resume stood out. He has distinguished himself as a shrewd campaigner on the continent.

“With his experience and his achievements, I have no doubt we have appointed the right man for the job,” he said.

Ea Lla Koto finished the 2015-’16 season on position 13 with 53 points after 30 league games. With the French coach in the camp the team would be hoping to improve on last season’s performance.

Meanwhile, KickOff.com has reported that Stars are set to swoop on Ghanaian striker Emmanuel Clottey from Asante Kotoko.

Clottey, who also played for Esperance de Tunis, is expected to arrive in South Africa next week for pre-season training, according to a source.

“Stars are talking to Clottey and is expected to finalise the deal when he arrives in the country next week,” says the source.

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