Absa Premiership

Off season sale talks hurt FS Stars

2016-08-25 14:07
Denis Lavagne (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Head coach Denis Lavagne says their turbulent off-season in the boardroom of Free State Stars made it difficult to prepare for the start of the Premiership.

Ea Lla Koto agreed to sell their top-flight status to a Johannesburg-based consortium who were poised to restore the now ABC Motsepe League side, Moroka Swallows to the Premiership.

However with the deal falling through at the last minute and Lavagne was left with a side that sold the core of it's most valued players and with little time to bring in new squad members.

"The beginning was difficult, we were not sure whether we were going to stay in Bethlehem or not," he told Mzanzi Football. "But we had a good camp in Benoni and we worked hard."

After their opening day 2-1 loss to Chippa United the Belgian is happy about the two-week break between their next fixture due to MTN8 competition and the international break. Two players from Cameroon and Ghana set to be assessed on trial during that period.

"We have time now to try and recruit a few new players," he added.

Lavagne's second game in charge of the Bethlehem-based side is against Bloemfontein Celtic on September 14 at Goble Park.

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