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Egyptian star shoots down Free State


Ahmed Amr Gamal of Bidvest Wits celebrates his goal

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Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 00:27


A brace from Egyptian Amr Gamal helped Bidvest Wits beat Free State Stars 4-2 in a Telkom Knockout, Last 16 match at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night.

The encounter ended 2-2 after 90 minutes and it took extra time goals from Amr Gamal and James Keene to hand the Clever Boys a spot in the quarterfinals of the knockout competition.

The home side started the better of the two teams, but only made their dominance count in the 20th minute when Bongani Khumalo headed home a Gerald Phiri cross to give Wits the lead, 1-0.

The Clever Boys’ joy, though, was short-lived when Thabo Maphakisa equalised for Stars four minutes later after clinical strike from the edge of the box, 1-1.

Wits controlled the remainder of the half and were afforded a chance to take the lead a minute before the break when they were awarded a spot-kick.

Amr Gamal stepped up for the home side and dully converted from the penalty-spot to make it 2-1 ti Wits at the break.

The second half saw Stars applying all the pressure and they were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty of their own in the 77th minute which was converted by Siphelele Mthembu to draw the match level for the second time, 2-2.

Both sides pushed players forward in the final ten minutes of regular time, but neither could find the back of the net which meant we would have another 30 minutes of play.

Wits dominated extra time and took the lead for the third time five minutes into the first half of extra time when Amr Gamal found the back of the net for the second time, 3-2.

The victory was sealed for Wits in the 26th minute of extra time when substitute James Keene cleverly lobbed the keeper in a one-on-one situation, 4-2.

Bidvest Wits (2) 4 (Khumalo 20’, Gamal 44’ pen + 95’, Keene 116’)

Free State Stars (1) 2 (Maphakisa 24’, Mthembu 77’ pen)

Teams:

Wits: 1. Keet, 2. Allie, 4. Khumalo, 6. Scott, 7. Klate, 10. Gamal (20. Pienaar 101’), 11. Pelembe, 13. Hlanti, 19. Mlambo (30. Motshwari 70’), 21. Phiri (28. Keene 59’), 33. Frosler.

Stars: 23. Sangare, 19. Mbhele, 22. Keita, 28. Mahamutsa, 20. Mashego (9. Nono 99’), 5. Masehe, 26. Dlamini (17 Hlubi 68’), 21. Phungwayo, 13. Maphakisa (15. Mokhuoane 82’), 21. Mthembu, 11. Jantjie.



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Free State Stars hold Platinum Stars – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Edward Manqele of Free State Stars

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 22:25


Free State Stars held Platinum Stars to a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the Goble Park Stadium on Saturday night.

Despite drawing at home, Ea Lla Koto remain seventh on the league table, while Dikwena also remain 16th on the log.

Dikwena, who were the visitors were able to contain Ea Lla Koto in the first 20 minutes of the encounter.

The visitors were awarded a penalty in the 33rd minute and Bonginkosi Ntuli converted to make it 1-0 to Dikwena.

This was the striker’s second goal in as many league games having also scored against Orlando Pirates in midweek.

However, Ea Lla Koto were able to apply some pressure on the Dikwena defence and they equalized through Edward Manqele.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns forward, who was also making it two goals in two league games, scored in the 43rd minute.

The score was 1-1 between Free State Stars and Platinum Stars at the interval in Bethlehem.

Ea Lla Koto’s goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare was called into action nine minutes after the restart and he denied Dikwena midfielder Thobani Kunene.

The home side’s defence was frustrating Dikwena, who introduced Brian Mwila, a Zambian striker, in the 69th minute.

However, marksman was tightly marked by the Ea Lla Koto defence which was marshalled by Guinean defender Bangaly Keita.

The two sides launched attacks in the closing stages, but they could not score a late goal and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

FS Stars (1) 1 (Manqele 43′)

P Stars (1) 1 (Ntuli 33′)

FS Stars: Sangare, Masehe, Mobbie (Mashego 13′), Keita, Phungwayo, Mbhele, Potsane, Vilakazi (G.Dlamini 56′), Manqele (Mahamutsa 74′), Jantjie, Anas.

P Stars: Visser, De Jongh, Zulu, Sithole, Mwedihanga, Mere, Mkhabela, Ng’ambi, Otladisa (Kunene 49′), Msomi (Mwila 69′), Ntuli (Matlakala 88′).



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Free State Stars secure win in Pietermaritzburg – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Sinethemba Jantjie of Free State Stars

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 22:10


Free State Stars secured a 1-0 win over Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership match at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.

As a result, Ea Lla Koto climb up to ninth spot on the league table, while the Team of Choice remain sixth on the log.

There were no clear cut chances for either team in the first 15 minutes of the encounter in the city of Pietermaritzburg.

The hosts did threaten through Evans Rusike just before the half-hour mark after gaining control of the match.

However, the Zimbabwe international’s effort was well saved by Stars goalkeeper Badra Sangare.

Maritzburg, who are coached by Fadlu Davids, pushed for the opening goal with the half-time break fast approaching.

But Stars stood firm at the back and the score was 0-0 at half-time between the two sides.

With his side struggling to break the deadlock in the second-half, Davids made a change in the 58th minute.

Andrea Fileccia, a former Stars striker, was replaced by Devon Saal, as the the Team of Choice looked to break the deadlock.

However, the visitors were slightly better than the hosts and they managed to break the deadlock with 17 minutes left.

Sinethemba Jantjie fired past Maritzburg keeper Richard Ofori to make it 1-0 to Stars with a decent finish.

The goalscorer was then pulled out and he was replaced by defender-cum-midfielder Katlego Mashego as Stars looked to contain Maritzburg.

The hosts pushed for a last equalizing goal, but Stars held on to their slender lead in the remaining minutes and they won 1-0.

Maritzburg (0) 0

FS Stars (0) 1 (Jantjie 73′)

Maritzburg:Ofori, Xulu, Fransman, Weidlich, Makaringe (Kunene 46′), Maboe, Mekoa, Shandu, Atouba (Mokate 70′), Rusike, Fileccia (Saal 58′).

FS Stars: Sangare, Mokhuoane, Mobbie, Keita, Phungwayo, Mbhele, Vilakazi, Manqele (Dlamini 69′), Potsane, Anas, Jantjie (Mashego 78′).



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Celtic suffer first defeat in the Free State – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 20, 2017. 21:45


Bloemfontein Celtic suffered their first Absa Premiership defeat at the hands of Baroka FC after their 2-0 loss on Wednesday night at the Free State Stadium.

The first defeat in the 2017/18 campaign for Phunya Sele Sele sees them occupying the 10th spot on the log table with five points from four matches.

However, for the visitors, Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele scored through Sipho Moeti and Mpho Kgaswane as they remain unbeaten in the league.

The first encounter between the two sides in the 2017/18 premiership campaign had a slow start as they both failed to create scoring chances in the opening 10 minutes.

Despite both sides coming from wins ahead of this encounter, they started on a low note as there were no attempts at goal in the opening half hour.

However, Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute as Moeti managed to beat the Celtic goalkeeper, Patrick Tignyemb.

It was 1-0 to the visitors at the interval.

Just after coming back from the dressing room, coach Veselin Jelusic’s men emerged with purpose as they intensified their attack.

In the 48th minute, they came close to bagging an equaliser, but Baroka managed to clear their lines at the back, with goalkeeper Virgil Vries producing fine saves.

Despite their push, Celtic failed to use their moves from the midfield to good effect as they were firing blanks towards the final 20 minutes.

However, with five minutes remaining on the clock, Kgaswane doubled the lead for coach Kgoloko Thobejane’s men.

Although they pushed numbers upfront to secure a goal, Siwelele’s efforts were not enough as they suffered their first defeat of the season at home.

After this win, the 2015/16 First Division champions now sit at the number two on the log standings with 11 points from five matches so far.

Bloemfontein Celtic 0

Baroka FC (1) 2 (Moeti 43′, Kgaswane 85′)

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Mabena, Letlabika, Nyundu, Baloyi, Hotto, Phalane, Motshegwa

Baroka FC: Vries, Shaku, Matloga, Ntshangase, Banda, Moeti, Masenamela, Mothupa, Madubanya, Mdantsane, Nguzana

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Free State Stars edge out Polokwane City – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Daniel Cardoso of Kaizer Chiefs challenges Mohammed Anas of Free State Stars during the 2017 Maize Cup match between Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs on the 15 July 2017 at James Motlatsi Stadium, Orkney © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 21:49


Free State Stars overcame Polokwane City 3-2 in an Absa Premiership match at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday.

As a result, Ea Lla Koto climbed up to the 12th spot on the league table, while Rise and Shine drop down to position 13 on the log.

The match got off to a lively start and it was Ea Lla Koto, who broke the deadlock through Mohammed Anas 15 minutes into the game.

The Ghanaian striker beat Polokwane goalkeeper George Chigova from close range following an error by the latter.

The Zimbabwean shot-stopper was then beaten again in the 23rd minute and once again it was Anas, who made it 2-0 to Stars.

Ea Lla Koto were in complete control of the match and they extended their lead a minute later, and this time it was Paulus Masehe.

The Stars veteran made it 3-0 with a shot from range, but he then sent off in the 38th minute after collecting his second yellow card.

Nevertheless, Stars’ 10 men managed to contain Polokwane in the remaining minutes of the first-half and the score was 3-0 to the visitors at half-time.

Polokwane pushed for their first goal of the match after the restart and they managed to pull one back through Zimbabwean Walter Musona.

The first-half substitute headed past Stars shot-stopper Badre Ali Sangare, who was beaten for the first time on the night.

The Ivorian keeper then denied Puleng Tlolane in the 66th minute as Rise and Shine continued to pile pressure on the Ea Lla Koto defence.

But Sangare was beaten in the 80th minute when Sammy Seabi scored with a header, but Stars stood firm at the back in the remaining minutes and they won 3-2.

Polokwane (0) 2 (Musona 58′, Seabi 80′)

FS Stars (3) 3 (Anas 15′, 23′, Masehe 24′)

Polokwane: Chigova, Tshehla, Tshilo, Hlongwane, Mbonani, Seabi, Jacobs (Musona 30′), Mngomezulu (Ndou 64′), Maluleke, Ramagalela, Tlolane (Mokondelela 89′).

FS Stars: Sangare, Masehe, Mobbie, Keita, Phungwayo, Mbhele, Vilakazi, Potsane (Mashego 60′), Manqele (Abbubakar 41′), Anas (73′), Jantjie.



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Free State Stars sack coach Troughton after two PSL matches – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Sammy Troughton. ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Aug 25, 2017. 17:00


Free State Stars have parted ways with coach Sammy Troughton after leading the side for two South African Absa Premiership matches in the new 2017/18 season.

Ea Lla Koto have reportedly decided to release the coach as they are strongly linked with former Polokwane City mentor, Luc Eymael.

Troughton joined Stars ahead of the new campaign as he prepared the team in their pre-season, but a 1-0 loss to AmaZulu and a 2-2 draw against Bidvest Wits was not enough for him to keep his job.

Media reports reveal that the Bethlehem-based club has fired the former University of Pretoria and Stellenbosch FC coach on Wednesday night after the draw against the league champions, Wits.

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On the other hand, Eymael has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier Soccer League and reports indicate that he is back in the country.

Stars occupy the 13th spot on the log table from two matches and will meet Mamelodi Sundowns at Goble Park Stadium on Tuesday, 12 September.



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Free State Stars’ David Vilakazi rubbishes sales rumour


Sinethemba Jantjie of Free State Stars

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Staff Reporter

Thursday Jun 29, 2017. 09:00


Free State Stars assistant coach David Vilakazi has rubbished rumours that the club was up for sale.

Ea Lla Koto will make their debut in the annual Maize Cup next month when they face Platinum Stars on July 15 in the first semifinal.

Yet speculation claimed that the Free State club was up for sale in recent times, following on from reports last year that Moroka Swallows tried to buy Stars’ top flight franchise.

“Nobody bid to buy Free State Stars [this past season]. It was just a rumour,” Vilakazi is quoted by KickOff.

“You know, rumours will always be rumours – and people are still remembering what happened the previous season when the season was about to start, when people saying the team was sold and all that.

“But now there is nothing like that. We are just looking forward to the new [2017/18] season.”

Participating in the Maize Cup will form part of Ea Lla Koto’s preseason preparations, with the club looking to put together a much stronger campaign in the PSL this time around.



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