Giovianni Solinas pinpoints lack of experience as Stars’ undoing
Posted: 4 December 2016 Time: 11:42
Free State Stars coach Giovanni Solinas feels the lack of experience in his team has been their main undoing so far this season.
Stars were comprehensively beaten 4-1 by Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday, pushing them deeper into relegation zone as they now sit on level points with bottom-placed Free State Stars.
Ea Lla Koto put up brave performance in the first half, yet their coach knows his team’s quality cannot compare to that of the continental champions.
“I don't want to compare my players to that of Sundowns,” he said. "We have problem and must try to find solutions.
"We have young players from our development team … we have players who last season were playing in first division and players playing in third division - it's not easy. We need quality and experienced players.
"The league is stronger this season. It's not easy to fight with the big teams without experience and strong players,” he added.
Stars recently lost captain Paulus Masehe for the rest of the year due to injury, with the Italian coach says lamenting the loss of their influential captain.
"We have problem at the back,” he continued. “The problem is leadership to lead the defensive lines.
"Paulus is important player. We lost not only a quality defender, but also our leader and captain. It's not easy replacing him. I tried young players. I try to find solutions, but it's not easy because Paulus is the captain, a good player and a leader, and has great character to motivate other players.”
Stars tackle Baroka FC in their next encounter on 14 December.