Free State Stars back Gauteng

Rantsi Mokoena says Free State Stars are ready to make the trek and fully support the PSL’s decision to make Gauteng the football bio-bubble.

There have been concerns about restarting the football season in until this week South Africa’s coronavirus epicentre but the Ea Lla Koto general manager believes there was no other choice.

Mokoena says as a club they are ready to face the situation of having to play all their remaining games in Gauteng.

“The country is not in an ideal situation but sometimes unfortunately you must do abnormal things to address abnormal situations,” he noted.

“I fully understand that the PSL has to be creative and come up with drastic measures to try to address this thing of Covid-19. Otherwise where else would you prefer to play?

“If Gauteng is the only province with the necessary facilities to host the teams, then let it be. You can’t play in Bethlehem, you can’t play in Richards Bay, you can’t play in PE – there are no facilities to host 32 teams,” indicated Mokoena.

“We are training as best as we can within the regulations set out by the government, and of course the situation is not ideal for anyone. It’s a difficult situation for anyone and everyone concerned. But we are going ahead you know. We are going ahead as planned, and we rely on guidance from the PSL.

“PSL and Safa must guide us in terms of when to start. All we can do is just try to train as best as we can. That’s all we can do,” he added.

Ea Lla Koto are still in with a mathematical chance of making the GladAfrica Championship top three and sit five points adrift with six matches remaining.

Mokoena also confirmed the club has extended all their players’ contracts that ended in June until the end of the season.

They are coping well following the passing of his father and veteran football administrator, Mike Mokoena. ‘Bra Mike’ as he was affectionately known, passed away last month.

By: Thapelo Molebatsi