Stars draw lessons from CAF foray
Posted: 9 December 2018 Time: 12:00
Free State Stars assistant coach David Vilakazi says the club learnt a lot from their short-lived, maiden CAF Confederation Cup campaign.
Stars exited the continental event with a 1-0 loss to Mukura Victory Sports in Rwanda on Wednesday, having drawn the first leg of the preliminary round tie 0-0 at Bidvest Stadium.
Vilakazi travelled with the team in the absence of co-caretaker coach Sly Mosala.
"We didn't go well in terms of results my brother," Vilakazi told KickOff.com.
"But the game was alright, we had some few chances that we could have utilised but those people were sitting back. They were defending with almost everybody. Unfortunately they got one goal from a corner kick, after that they all sat back. They were just looking for a draw, score and defend. So they managed to. But the reception was okay. Reception was fantastic huh. I remember I went to Zaire, that's '93. Especially when you are a foreigner, there you were like in a jungle, but now the reception really was fantastic.
"It was a good experience, especially for our team. I mean this was for the first time we go out of South Africa and play over there. I mean it was a very good experience, especially for our young boys. Some of them it was the first time for them to go outside the country. One thing[we learned[, it's seriousness. These people work, they don't care what's happening, they want to win. And also if you check in terms of money, it's not a lot of money in terms of currency. Really us here, we are f****** privileged, sorry to say that. We are privileged my brother, I'm telling you.
"Everything for us ... if you check the guys there, they are struggling, they don't have a field. If you can see where they are training ... (laughs) Sometimes what we are complaining about here, for them if they can come here, it's luxury. But if you see the attitude and the willingess of those players. Despite the fact what we say for us it's a disadvantage, but for them they see itas an opportunity. If you can see where those guys are training, the way they conduct themselves, the attitude ... these guys, they want to work.
"I wonder if you can take those people and bring them here, with all these facilities that we have here. But you can see with some of the players coming from outside, if they come here they play, they work. Our players saw there nobody complains. Most of the players are not driving cars; there they are moving around with a bus. We were saying to our players, 'Gents, if we can only take the attitude of these guys and bring it to South Africa, with all that we have in this country, we can have a marvellous national team’."