Stars rewrite history

2018-05-23 06:01
Free State Stars celebrate winning the 2018 Nedbank Cup after narrowly beating Maritzburg United by 1 – 0 in the final played in Cape Town on Saturday (19/05).Photo:Supplied

Free State Stars celebrate winning the 2018 Nedbank Cup after narrowly beating Maritzburg United by 1 – 0 in the final played in Cape Town on Saturday (19/05).Photo:Supplied

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A fundless sponsor Free State Stars rewrote Nedbank Cup history in the at least on two-fronts when they won South Africa’s premier football league on Saturday (19/05). Ea Lla Koto lifted the championship trophy after a hard-fought 1 – 0 victory over Maritzburg United.

The final was played in the Cape Town Stadium. The winning team’s efforts were rewarded with R7 million, while the runners-up received R2,5 million.

This was United’s maiden cup final, but the young coach ?Fadlu Davids’ best was not good enough.

Stars coach, the Belgian-born Luc Eymael, was overwhelmed with his team’s achievementthat has seen the glory days return to his current side and handsomely rewarded financially. Stars are still in the market for financial partners.

On the historic fronts, Ea Lla Koto, owned by Mike Mokoena, became the first club outside Gauteng to clinch this prestigious trophy. and equally so the first Free State team of the two that include Bloemfontein Celtic. The six previous winners were all Gauteng-based.

Mamelodi Sundowns (2007/’08 and 2014/’15), Moroka Swallows (2008/’09), Bidvest Wits (2009/’10), Orlando Pirates (2010/’11 and 2013/’14), SuperSport United (2011/’12, 2015/’16 and 2016/’17) and Kaizer Chiefs (2012/’13) all managed to lift the trophy before.

Stars, having won the Nedbank Cup, will become the first Free State team to compete in the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the administrative and controlling body for African football.

The Bethlehem-based club is one of the four clubs from South Africa to compete in CAF competitions. The other three teams are Sundowns, Pirates and Chiefs.

“Sunday’s final proved yet again that the Nedbank Cup is still the cup of dreams,” said Tutu Skosana, Nedbank sponsorship football manager.

“The two clubs, Stars and Maritzburg fall in the league that proves this the cup of dreams having realise their dreams. Congratulations to Stars and unlucky to Maritzburg.

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