Eymael: First five are key
Posted: 19 August 2018 Time: 08:45
Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael says the first five games of the season are crucial as he hopes his men bounce back from a heavy defeat to Kaizer Chiefs.
Stars were thumped 3-0 by Chiefs last weekend to crash out of the MTN8 at the first hurdle.
Eymael’s side also shipped three goals in their season opener with log leaders Bidvest Wits, but have three points in the bag after edging struggling Maritzburg United 2-1 earlier this month.
The Nedbank Cup champions will play their third league game of the campaign against AmaZulu at King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday (15h00).
"We are playing away, trying to collect points as usual," Eymael tells KickOff.com.
"AmaZulu had a good start to the season and we are aware of that. [Ex-Stars midfielder Nhlanhla] Vilakazi is doing a good job there. And other than that it will certainly be a good game like all the games in the league this season. You saw how other teams are also struggling. You saw that now Wits have nine [points]. Let's see, the first five games of the league are very important. Ja, let's focus on the league because now we already out of the MTN8 and we have to try to focus in the league and do our best."
The Belgian is sweating over the fitness of new signing Judas Moseamedi, who lasted only 16 minutes upfront against Chiefs after coming on as a substitute at FNB Stadium.
"Moseamedi, when he made the header when the keeper tried to save he pulled his muscle, he strained his muscle. He couldn't continue, that is why he spent only 16 minutes, he was injured. If not he should have stayed because when he entered he was very dangerous in the second half. It's a player that I appreciate a lot. It's a player that I'm sure will bring big value to the team. Unfortunately he was injured after this header ...(sighs) it's like that, it's life.
"Moseamedi has a degree one tear, so we are trying to solve the issue for Sunday. But it will be short, but we are trying. [Lucas] Twala, he gotan injection for an Achilles tendon. [Patrick] Phungwayo, he started training individually out of the group."