Luc rumours affected us – Dlamini
Stars midfielder out to lift Ea Lla Koto with a cup win
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