Luc ru­mours af­fected us – Dlamini

Stars mid­fielder out to lift Ea Lla Koto with a cup win

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Sihle Nde­bele

Free State Stars were one of this sea­son’s sur­prise pack­ages, fin­ish­ing sixth and go­ing all the way to to­mor­row’s Ned­bank Cup fi­nal against Mar­itzburg at Cape Town Sta­dium (7pm).

How­ever, had the teams be­hind them on the stand­ings im­proved their per­for­mances, Stars could eas­ily have missed out on a top-eight fin­ish af­ter slump­ing in their last seven league matches (four de­feats and three draws).

Stars mid­fielder Good­man Dlamini feels one of the fac­tors that af­fected their form was the spec­u­la­tion around their coach Luc Ey­mael, who has been linked to Chiefs and Su­perS­port.

“As play­ers we have been work­ing very well with coach Ey­mael, hear­ing all those things did not sit well with us. Those ru­mours soured the mood be­cause we love him a lot,” Dlamini, 30, said.

“We were do­ing well until that spec­u­la­tion cropped up. I think we could have fin­ished even higher ... in the top three, had we not read those ru­mours.

“They brought un­cer­tainty in the camp but we are try­ing not to pay at­ten­tion to all the neg­a­tive things.”

Dlamini has fea­tured 26 times across all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son, scor­ing three goals.

To­mor­row’s cup fi­nal will be the first of his ca­reer.

“This fi­nal is very im­por­tant for me be­cause I have never won a tro­phy in my ca­reer and it will be the first time I play in a fi­nal. It is also about the brag­ging rights ... as some­one from KZN I am very close to many Mar­itzburg play­ers.”

‘ ‘ The [Cup] fi­nal is very impo rtant for me be­cause I have never won a tro­phy

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