Free State Stars F.C.

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Full name Free State Stars Football Club
Nickname(s) Ea Lla Koto
Founded 1977; 40 years ago (1977), as Makwane Computer Stars
Ground Goble Park, Bethlehem
Ground Capacity 20,000
Chairman Mike Mokoena
Coach Luc Eymael
League ABSA Premiership
2014–15 ABSA Premiership, 9th
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Free State Stars is a South African football club based in Bethlehem, Free State that plays in the Premier Soccer League.

History[edit]

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 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.

Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer[edit]

  • Shirt sponsor:
  • Kit manufacturer: Joma

Honours[edit]

Winners – 2006
Champions – 2004–05, 2006–07
  • Second Division:
Champions – 1985
Winners – 1994

Club records[edit]

Premier Soccer League record[edit]

Club officials/Technical team[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 2 August 2016.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Rwanda GK Olivier Kwizera
2 South Africa MF Nyiko Mobbie
3 Ghana FW Mohammed Anas
4 South Africa MF Makhehlene Makhaula
5 South Africa MF Paulos Masehe (Captain)
8 South Africa MF Danny Venter
9 Gabon FW Allen Dorian Nono
19 South Africa DF Sifiso Mbhele
23 Ivory Coast GK Badra Ali Sangaré
No. Position Player
26 South Africa MF Goodman Dlamini
35 South Africa DF Thamsanqa Teyise
44 South Africa DF Rooi Mahamutsa
50 South Africa MF Nhlanhla Vilakazi

Foreigners[edit]

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.


Permanent residency

Notable former coaches[edit]

External links[edit]