Phiri blames fatigue

2015-03-09 09:13
Kinnah Phiri (Supplied)

Cape Town - Free State Stars coach Kinnah Phiri has attributed his team’s defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns  on Saturday to fatigue.

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Ea Lla Koto struggled to keep up with a sharper and more clinical Sundowns team at the Charles Mopeli Stadium and the result has placed Stars in somewhat of a quandary yet again, as they are now just four points clear of the relegation zone.

"Yes we were a bit disappointed, I think fatigue is catching up with the players because they played a very hard game on Wednesday and then two days later they play another hard game," said Phiri, whose team has been forced to negotiate fixtures against Premiership giants Orlando Pirates and Sundowns within a matter of days.

However, Phiri said it was not all doom and gloom for his team just yet, as they have made considerable progress since he took over at the helm.

"We will continue fighting, It was not a bad fight, these people took their chances and we also had our chances in the first half, But we will continue working, it's not the end of the world," he said.

"This is a team that have got very tricky players.

“When that first goal came in it broke down the morale because we were not supposed to concede from a set piece, we work so much on how to control the set-pieces but it didn't work today.

"I should still commend my player for having a good fight and when it's not your day, it's not your day and we look forward to fighting again."

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