Stars again deny claims of sale

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

Free State Stars boss Rantsi Mokoena be­lieves there are ag­i­ta­tors try­ing to desta­bilise his side fol­low­ing fresh ru­mours of Stars be­ing on sale again.

Mokoena de­nied the claims, say­ing they were the work of a third force.

He said they would not al­low the ru­mours to make them lose fo­cus.

“Some­one, some­where is try­ing to play a dirty game be­cause we are not sell­ing the club. We have re­ceived calls from peo­ple ask­ing if this is true, and no mat­ter how much we try to ex­plain the sit­u­a­tion, the ru­mour is still mak­ing the rounds,” said Mokoena.

He said the last thing they wanted was an unset­tled team – they needed the play­ers to fo­cus on the job at hand.

“We be­lieve some­one is try­ing to make our play­ers lose fo­cus be­cause some­thing like this will af­fect them – it in­volves their fu­ture.

“But there is noth­ing like that go­ing on. We are here to stay, the sell­ing of the club is a closed chap­ter.”

Stars were al­most sold be­fore the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, but the deal fell through af­ter a con­sor­tium led by Gaut­eng Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi missed the PSL dead­line to con­clude the deal.

Mokoena said it was wa­ter un­der the bridge, and they were not look­ing back.

“That was then, now our fo­cus is on sav­ing the club from rel­e­ga­tion. We have no in­ten­tion of sell­ing the team any more. Our fo­cus is on col­lect­ing as many points as pos­si­ble and then see where we end up on the ta­ble at the end of the sea­son.”

Stars are at the wrong end of the PSL log, but Mokoena is con­fi­dent they will avoid the drop.

Last week­end, the team showed signs of im­prove­ment un­der new coach Ser­ame Let­soaka when they beat Golden Ar­rows 1-0 away from home.

They will face Mar­itzburg United this af­ter­noon.

PHOTO: LEFTY SHIVAMBU / GALLO IMAGES

NOT FOR SALE Rantsi Mokoena and his fa­ther Mike Mokoena in­sist that the Free State Stars club is not on the mar­ket

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