Stars explain Saintfiet sacking

Premiership broke news this morning that management was meeting with the Belgian coach following the 5-2 defeat at home to Polokwane City last night.

Saintfiet didn’t have the worst record in the world, having won three, drawn two and lost five of his matches in charge, but according to Mokoena that was not good enough.

“Free State Stars FC has mutually terminated its contract with coach Tom Saintfiet, who joined the club in the 2014/2015 season,” Mokoena told the club’s official website.

“We have had a meeting with the coach and both parties agreed that after a string of poor results it would be best for both parties to part ways in an effort to try and remedy the current situation.

“Kinnah Phiri will be the interim coach until we make further announcements and the rest of the technical team and playing personnel remains the same.

“We wish Tom Saintfiet everything of the best in his future endeavours and we wish that things could have turned out differently but such is the nature of football.”

Saintfiet becomes the sixth coach to lose his job this season after Cavin Johnson (SuperSport United), Kosta Papic (Chippa United), Craig Rosslee (AmaZulu), Zeca Marques (Moroka Swallows, resigned) and Boebie Solomons (Polokwane City).