New coach faced with huge task

2016-10-12 06:00
FREE STATE STARS supporters hope to celebrate the team’s first win on Saturday (15/10) when they welcome Maritzburg United at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney. Photo: Supplied

FREE STATE STARS supporters hope to celebrate the team’s first win on Saturday (15/10) when they welcome Maritzburg United at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney. Photo: Supplied

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BETHLEHEM. – Giovanni Solinas, the Free State Stars’ new coach, is faced with the huge task of guiding the team to its first win of the 2016-’17 season. Hopefully, he will turn the team’s bad spell around, which saw them collecting only two points out of a possible 15.

His mission begins on Saturday (15/10), when Ea Lla Koto welcomes Maritzburg United in an Absa Premier League encounter at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney. Kick-off is scheduled for 15:30.

Solinas joined the Bethlehem-based outfit a fortnight ago following the sacking of the French-born Denis Lavagne. Lavagne was shown the door after unsucessfully steering the club in three games.

Both Stars and United come into the contest with fresh wounds, suffering defeat at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs and Polokwane City respectively. Stars lost 0-2 to Chiefs and United was narrowly beaten 1-0 by City.

It is an open secret that the two teams have been struggling since the beginning of the league, even though United have claimed its first win of the season when they beat Bloemfontein Celtic in Bloemfontein.

Both teams are hoping to win in their Saturday encounter. This will depend, however, on the ability of their respective coaches, Solinas and Ernst Middendorp, to create chances that can be converted into goals.

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