Durban Stars accept relegation
Posted: 6 April 2009 Time: 06:50
Durban Stars’ owner Phindani Nene has sportingly accepted that his relegated team was just not good enough for the National First Division but hopes that his experienced squad will bounce back from what he calls the ‘unknown territory’ of the Vodacom Second Division.
With just two games remaining Stars are seven points behind their nearest rivals, Nathi Lions, and thus cannot make up the difference. Phindani, son of the late Kaizer Chiefs legendary talent scout Ewert ‘The Lip’ Nene, purchased the status of Moja United in the First Division back in 2003. He now says that he has a lot of work ahead of him and will not find the going easy in “the corrupt world of the third tier of SA soccer.” “We lost the plot,” he admits. “If you make a mistake, you get punished and we’re accepting our relegation because one team has to go down. Stars were not sufficiently oiled. We were worse than the others. “What can we do other than carry on in the Second Division, where, perhaps, we will have the experience to put up a good fight. But as a sportsperson who loves the game, that’s unknown territory.” Stars’ head coach Ramadhan Nsanzurwimo, who was hired, fired and then brought back for the club’s three remaining games, admits this was his worst season ever. “I have been in the business for 19 years. Normally, I’m number one and do well in Cup competitions, but this has been the worst season in my career. “Let’s be honest; we’ve been up and down and not consistent enough. A few years ago, I helped AmaZulu win promotion back into the PSL and thought Stars might survive. We trained hard throughout the break but to no avail.”