Free State Stars F.C.

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Free State Stars
Full name Free State Stars Football Club
Nickname(s) Ea Lla Koto
Founded 1977, as Makwane Computer Stars
Ground Goble Park, Bethlehem
Ground Capacity 20,000
Chairman Mike Mokoena
Coach Vacant
League ABSA Premiership
2013–14 ABSA Premiership, 14th
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Free State Stars is a South African football (soccer) club based in Bethlehem, Free State that plays in the Premier Soccer League.


Originally founded in 1977 in a small village of Makwane in an area then known as QwaQwa, the club gained promotion to the National Premier Soccer League in 1986.

The team won the league cup (then known as The Coca-Cola Cup) in 1994 with Bunene Ngaduane in scotching form and leading the scoring charts.

To avoid fixture congestion 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 National 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 2007–08 season however proved to be a huge success with 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 beating FC AK in the final.

Notable former players[edit]

Notable former coaches[edit]


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

Club records[edit]

Premier Soccer League record[edit]

Club officials/Technical team[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 12 March, 2015. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Burkina Faso GK Daouda Diakité
2 South Africa DF Thabiso Maharala
3 South Africa DF Daniel Cardoso
4 South Africa MF Moffat Mdhuli
5 South Africa MF Paulos Masehe (Captain)
6 Namibia DF Da Costa Angula
8 South Africa MF Danny Venter
9 South Africa MF Makhehlene Makhaula
11 Namibia MF Hendrick Somaeb
13 South Africa MF Samuel Mabunda
14 South Africa MF Sibusiso Mthethwa
15 South Africa MF Angelo Kerspuy
16 South Africa FW Thabo Moloi
17 South Africa DF Tumelo Letuka
18 Burkina Faso DF Robert Sankara
No. Position Player
19 Ghana FW Abdul Basit Adams
20 South Africa MF Katlego Mashego
21 South Africa FW Sydney Masana
22 Togo FW Camaldine Abraw
23 South Africa MF Moeketsi Sekola
24 South Africa DF Morena Mokoena
25 Namibia FW Rudolph Bester
27 South Africa DF Themba Shabalala
28 South Africa DF Reabetswe Rakoti
29 South Africa FW Mbuyiselo Thethani
30 Belgium GK Glenn Verbauwhede
31 South Africa GK Johnny Mathole
33 South Africa MF Bafana Kali
67 Belgium FW Andrea Fileccia
83 South Africa FW Richard Henyekane


In the South African PSL, only five non-South African nationals can be registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals. Namibians born before 1990 can be registered as South Africans.

Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer[edit]

  • Shirt sponsor: Bonitas
  • Kit manufacturer: Maxed

External links[edit]