Cape Town - Free State Stars have an opportunity to reignite their
Premiership campaign when they host Polokwane City at the Charles Mopeli
Stadium on Wednesday.
The Stars medical team
reports that the squad will be without the services of at least four
players this week but coach Tom Saintfiet has regularly reminded the
football fraternity that he has a highly competent squad, which is fully
functional, even in the absence of a few players.
Among the players who won’t be involved for Free State Stars this
week is Daouda Diakite, who is still a long way from recovering from his
knee injury. Another goalkeeper within the squad, Johnny Mathole, has a
concussion an is not expected to be available for selection this week.
In addition Thabiso Maharala has knee
troubles, while Glenn Verbauwhede, who has made his presence felt this
season, is recovering from a thigh injury and is unlikely to feature
However, for everybody else it appears to be all systems go. During
the last league outing Free State Stars could only muster a draw against
However, on Monday, Saintfiet said that the team’s performances at
home this season have been perfectly adequate and he is confident that
his players will produce the required result against Polokwane City,
despite them being such a dangerous club.
Polokwane City are mercurial. Prior to their astonishing 2-0 win
against Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg during round nine of the
Premiership season, they received a 5-1 drubbing against another Free
State team Bloemfontein Celtic.
There has been the contention that the players at Polokwane City are
finally starting to develop a profound understanding of what it is that
is required of them, after Kosta Papic took over at the helm in
Polokwane City are currently 14th in the league standings but they
might just posses the confidence needed to execute what would
effectively be an upset when they travel to the Free State this week.