“It would be silly of me to change the complete team or make too many changes,” says the Serbian-born mentor.
“Yes, I will make a few changes, but not too many. I want to give other players a chance and give some of the ones who’ve been playing in the last few games a bit of a rest,” said Heric.
“There are different types of players and different styles of football. So we need to be tactical when making the changes. In the beginning we needed all the experience that we could get, but now we should give others a chance,” he told the Herald newspaper.
Heric said that although his side‘s concentration is on the League, he would not be taking the Telkom Cup lightly.
“We won‘t treat the game against Free State Stars like a friendly. We will give it our all. We need as many matches as possible to be able to compete in the League. So we will go as far as possible in the Cup as well,” he said.
Stars will be looking for a repeat of their recent League victory over Bay. Ea Lla Koto won their first, and so far only, League match of the new season when they beat Bay 3-2 at home on October 5.
A repeat performance will see them, under new coach Themba Sithole, into the semifinals for the second successive year.
In a game that proved to be Owen Da Gama’s last in charge of Stars, goals from Saitjheni Tsotetsi, Sthembiso Ngcobo and Diyo Sibisi earned them the hard-fought victory over plucky United, who replied through Abayomi Adebayo and Linos Chalwe.
Stars’ Sibisi is the man to watch, having netted a brace in his side's 2-0 win over Maritzburg United in the Last 16 of the Telkom Knockout, though he was effectively shackled in Ea Lla Koto’s most recent outing, a 1-1 draw with Orlando Pirates in the Premiership.