Free State Stars F.C.

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Full name Free State Stars Football Club
Nickname(s) Ea Lla Koto
Founded 1977; 41 years ago (1977), as Makwane Computer Stars
Ground Goble Park, Bethlehem
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. Formerly known as Makwane Computer Stars and Qwa Qwa Stars, their most significant honour is winning the 1994 Coca-Cola Cup.

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 regained 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 won 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 – 2018
Winners – 1994
Winners – 2006
Champions – 2004–05, 2006–07
  • Second Division:
Champions – 1985

Club records[edit]

Premier Soccer League record[edit]

Club officials/Technical team[edit]

  • Chairman: South Africa Mike Mokoena
  • General manager: South Africa Rantsi Mokoena
  • Football manager: South Africa Kootso Mokoena
  • Team manager: South Africa Motuba Mokoena
  • Coach: Belgium Luc Eymael
  • Assistant coach: South Africa Themba Sithole
  • Goalkeeper coach: South Africa Walter Kumalo
  • Youth development coach: South Africa David Vilakazi

First team squad[edit]

As of 4 September 2018.

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 DF Nyiko Mobbie
3 South Africa DF Thabang Klaas
4 South Africa MF Makhehlene Makhaula
5 South Africa MF Paulos Masehe (captain)
6 South Africa FW Judas Moseamedi
8 Republic of the Congo DF Césaire Gandzé
9 South Africa FW Eleazar Rodgers
11 South Africa FW Sinethemba Jantjie
12 South Africa FW Maboke Matlakala
14 South Africa FW Linda Bhengu
15 South Africa FW Relebogile Mokhuoane
17 South Africa DF Tshepo Tema
18 South Africa FW William Twala
No. Position Player
19 South Africa MF Yusuf Jappie
20 South Africa DF Sifiso Mbhele
21 South Africa DF Patrick Phungwayo
22 Guinea DF Bangali Keïta
23 Ivory Coast GK Badra Ali Sangaré
25 South Africa MF Mpho Maruping
26 South Africa MF Goodman Dlamini
27 Republic of the Congo FW Harris Tchilimbou
28 South Africa DF Rooi Mahamutsa
30 South Africa GK Samkelo Mbambo
South Africa DF Ricardo Ndiki
South Africa DF Bongani Mbuli
South Africa MF Sibusiso Hlubi

Notable former coaches[edit]

External links[edit]