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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
"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