Stars coach fighting relegation differently
Tells players to aim for fellow strugglers
Probably a trick to alleviate pressure off his players, Free State Stars coach Nikola Kavazovic has weirdly urged his players to be bullish only against fellow relegation candidates.
Kavazovic appeared to be implying Stars don’t necessarily need points against top of the table sides.
“When struggling teams play each other, it’s not three points but six points.
“The most important thing is to win the games against direct competition for relegation,’’ said Kavazovic, following their 2-1 win at Maritzburg United on Wednesday.
The victory was Kavazovic’s second match in charge of Stars after Bidvest Wits handed him a 3-1 thumping in his debut match in the Premier Soccer League. Stars’ next league fixture is away to Cape Town City on Wednesday.
“Every additional point against the teams at the top will be a bonus for us. We are going to Cape Town without any pressure.
“We do not need points over there, if we take some, because they are in great shape at the moment, that would be a bonus.
“We are going there to enjoy our game. We have nothing to lose,” the Serbian-born coach said.
Before their win against Maritzburg, Stars had gone six games without a win, with four losses and two draws.
Just two games into his job, Kavazovic is already targeting a top-eight finish.
“After those two games [against Wits and Maritzburg], I am pretty sure that we will avoid relegation. With this quality, I even think we can reach top eight,’’ said Kavazovic of the team he has transformed since replacing Luc Eymael last month.