By PRECIOUS RAJANE
FREE State Stars captain, Kennedy Mweene is positive that they will get their revenge against Ajax Cape Town whom they are meeting in the last 16 of the Telkom Knockout. Kick-Off at the Athlone Stadium on October 23 is at 3pm.
Ea Lla Koto lost 3-1 away to the Urban Warriors in the Premiership match on September 23, and Mweene said they are going all out to avenge that defeat. This after the likes of Thulani Hlatswayo, Paul Rusike and Khama Billiat went on rampage, slotting home each to give the Urban Warriors the deserving home victory with former Baroka FC striker, Katlego Mashego scoring a consolation goal for the latter.
“It will be foolish for them to judge us by the previous results against them. We have put behind that defeat and we will be taking them with a different approach this time around,” said the Zambian-born goalkeeper.
Ironically the two sides meet in the similar round of this competition dubbed Wafa Wafa last season which saw the Free State side emerged 1-0 victors, and it remain to be seen if they lightning will struck twice in the same place.
Despite last weekend’s 1-0 loss away to fellow Free Staters, Bloemfontein Celtic in a league match, the Steve “Koloi” Komphela’s coached side has been doing well and the fact that they have won three of their league matches, drawn three and lost only twice should speak volume for themselves ahead of this match.
Stars are on position nine on the log with 11 points as opposed to their opponents who are lying fifth with 14 points from four wins, four draws and two losses.
“Our defeat last weekend to Celtic came as a set-back to most of us, but we have since put that to rest and everyone is raring to go as we have moved the focus to the Telkom Knockout match against Ajax now,” said Mweene.
The hard to please Stars coach, Komphela on the other hand has since expressed his disappointment about their loss to Celtic which he purely blamed on poor referring, saying: ““We are professionals and don’t want to dwell much in the past, but we hope to not go through the same bad referee we experienced in that match because such things are discouraging to the players. We are however working hard in terms of reviving the players’ spirits for the forthcoming match.”
Former Baroka FC striker, Katlego Mashego, Boitumelo Sekgobela and Edward Mqele remain Komphela’s hope to provide answers in terms of goals up front.