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Free State Stars midfielder Goodman Dlamini welcomes timing of Kaizer Chiefs showdown

Posted: 4 November 2016 Time: 19:46

Free State Stars midfielder Goodman Dlamini says the players are starting to gain confidence after their difficult start to the 2016/17 season.

Stars, who were on verge of being sold during the off season, became the first club to part ways with their coach Denis Lavagne after he failed to win any of the opening three matches.

It took them all of seven games in all competition to get their first win of the campaign, which came against Bidvest Wits in the opening round of the Telkom Knockout Cup.

Ea Lla Koto will visit Kaizer Chiefs in the quarterfinal stage this coming Sunday at Moses Mabhida stadium – a venue Dlamini knows all too well having spent most of his life at AmaZulu, before joining the Free State-based side in the off season.

The 31-year-old says getting another win against a top side like Chiefs will go a long way in ensuring the players regain their confidence.

"What we need now is to get a win and it doesn’t matter what the opponents' stature is, or how we beat them, that is not the priority right now," Dlamini tells

"If it's three points that we collect, then it's good. If it’s a cup win it is also fine. Ahead of this game against Chiefs, the mood in the camp is good and the coach is motivating the players.

"He’s very impressed with us but his worry is mostly that we need to take our chances that we create, because up front we don’t have problem but we are failing to convert.

"I feel the wins will start to come, [doesn't matter] whether we get it in the cup or in the league."

Dlamini adds that their struggles in the beginning was a bitter pill to swallow, but welcomes the clash against the Glamour Boys, and feels a win will augur well for their progress in the league.

"It was difficult initial because the confidence in the team was not here and not winning games for period of time it had negative impact on players.

"But for the change and what has also helped was that we haven’t lost in the last four matches, and Chiefs comes at the right time despite not getting our first three point and only winning in this cup.

"But I think if we can get the win [against Chiefs], I think that will lift the spirit higher in the team and you can clearly see that now when we play.’’    

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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