Justice Chabalala rues coaching changes at Free State Stars
Posted: 9 June 2016 Time: 09:13
Free State Stars defender Justice Chabalala believes the coaching changes at the club disrupted the side's form this past season.
Stars employed Kinnah Phiri, Ernst Middendorp and Giovanni Solinas as head coaches in 2015/16, with the post currently vacant again following the latter's resignation last month.
Ea Lla Koto looked good for a top-eight finish but ended a lowly 12th in the Absa Premiership standings, while also reaching the Nedbank Cup semi-finals.
“The coaching changes were definitely a factor in how our season panned out,” Chabalala told the club's website.
“There was a time when the season promised much and it looked as though we were going to finish in the top eight. Somehow we lost our momentum in the league. Maybe were distracted by our run in the Nedbank Cup.
“But it’s all in the past now. If we can keep the players we have and strengthen the squad we will go far next season.”
Chabalala, however, was pleased with his efforts in his debut campaign in the topflight. The 24-year-old made 16 league starts for the Bethlehem-based outfit after being promoted to the first team in October last year.
“Being drafted into the first team and going on to make a decent contribution in my debut season was a dream come true for me,” said Chabalala.
“From a personal point of view the season couldn’t have gone any better for me. I have confidence in my ability and feel comfortable at this level. There is no reason why I shouldn’t go on and reach greater heights in my career.”