Free State Stars


Free State Stars

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fullname = Free State Stars Football Club
nickname = "Ea Lla Koto "
founded = 1979
ground = Goble Park, Bethlehem
capacity = 20,000
chairman = Mike Mokoena
manager = flagicon|Malawi Kinnah Phiri
league = ABSA Premier League
season = 2006-07| position = National First Division, 1st
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Free State Stars are a football (soccer) club based in Bethlehem, Free State province (South Africa). Originally founded in 1979 and previously known as "Qwa Qwa Stars", the club's franchise was sold to the Premier Soccer League in 2002. The following year, Mike Mokoena revived the club as he bought and renamed the franchise of First Division side "Maholosiane". FS Stars managed to regain their Premiership status in 2005 after winning the Mvela Golden League.After a disappointing season in the top-flight, with the first team finishing bottom of the table, the club was relegated. The 2006/2007 season however proved to be a huge success with FS Stars dominating the First Division and securing promotion to the Premier League once again. They also managed to win the inaugural Baymed Cup in December 2006 when they defeated FC AK in the final.

Honours

*Baymed Cup Winners 2006
*Mvela Golden League Champions 2004/05 & 2006/07
*Second Division Champions 1985
*Coca-Cola Cup Winners 1994

Club records

*Most appearances: Edward Salomane 299
*Most goals: Bunene Ngaduana 79
*Most capped player: Steve Komphela 10 (South Africa)
*Most appearances in a season: Themba Sithole 45 (1992)
*Most goals in a season: Bunene Ngaduana 19 (1993)
*Record win: 8-1 v Ikapa Sporting (29/3/08, Nedbank Cup)
*Record loss: 1-7 v Arcadia (31/10/86, NSL), 1-7 v Sundowns (19/4/98, PSL)

Premier Soccer League record

*2005/2006 - 2th
*2001/2002 - 3th
*2000/2001 - 4th
*1999/2000 - 15th
*1998/1999 - 8th
*1997/1998 - 2th
*1996/1997 - 2th

2006/2007 season

eason record

*Mvela Golden League - winners
*ABSA Cup - last 32
*Baymed Cup - winners

MGL top scorers

1. Diyo Sibisi 19
2. Duncan Lechesa 11
2. Sifiso Vilakazi 11
2. Jimmy Zakazaka 11

Club officials/Technical team

*Chairman: flagicon|South Africa Mike Mokoena
*Coach: flagicon|Malawi Kinnah Phiri
*Assistant coaches: flagicon|South Africa David Vilakazi & flagicon|South Africa Themba Sithole
*Goalkeeper coach: flagicon|South Africa Alan Chetty

2007/2008 First team squad

"As of February 16 2007"

2007/2008 Transfers

In:

ummer transfer window

flagicon|South Africa Sthembiso Ngcobo - Durban Stars

flagicon|South Africa Tshepo Mashego - Garankuwa United

flagicon|South Africa Thulasizwe Mbuyane - Garankuwa United

flagicon|South Africa Ruben Cloete - Santos

flagicon|Zimbabwe James Matola - Supersport United

flagicon|Zambia Chintu Kampamba - Golden Arrows

flagicon|South Africa Walter Khumalo - Jomo Cosmos

flagicon|South Africa Tshegofatso Mashego - Maritzburg United

flagicon|South Africa Siyabonga Mdluli - Maritzburg United

January transfer window

flagicon|Zimbabwe Kingston Nkhata - CAPS FC, Zimbabwe

flagicon|South Africa Nathaniel November - Bloemfontein Celtic

flagicon|South Africa Collins Chabalala - Black Leopards

Out:

ummer transfer window

flagicon|Zambia Clive Hachilensa - IFK Mariehamn, Finland

flagicon|South Africa Solly Nketle - Bloemfontein Celtic

flagicon|Malawi Jimmy Zakazaka - Bay United

flagicon|South Africa Manelisi Gomoshe - Bush Bucks

January transfer window

flagicon|South Africa Fanyana Dhladhla - Mamelodi Sundowns

flagicon|South Africa Sifiso Vilakazi - Ajax Cape Town

2008/2009 Transfers

In:
flagicon|South Africa Bruin Senokoane - Bidvest Wits
flagicon|Ghana David Telfer - Ashanti Gold SC "(on loan)"

External links

* [http://www.freestatestars.co.za Free State Stars Official Website]
* [http://www.psl.co.za Premier Soccer League]
* [http://www.psl.co.za/teams/free_state_stars/club_information/ PSL Club Info]
* [http://www.safagoal.net South African Football Association]
* [http://cafonline.com Confederation of African Football]


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