Free State Stars are the latest domestic outfit to make adjustments to their technical team following a poor start in the GladAfrica Championship under the guidance of long-time servant Themba Sithole.
The Bethlehem based side is languishing second place from the bottom of the table.
Led by the son of the late owner Mike Mokoena, Rantsi, Stars were forced to introspect and find solutions that would see them not relegated end of the season.
Without question, three defeats and two draws in the opening five matches would hurt their chances of promotion back to the top flight.
General manager Rantsi Mokoena has confirmed the appointment of Allan Freese as the team’s new head coach.
“It’s natural that when results are not forthcoming we would look at making changes, especially because we believe the team is good enough,” he said.
“The only difference is that Allan, who is a very experienced and senior coach, comes in and we expect Themba, a senior coach in his own right also, to work closely with him. All we are doing is strengthening the technical team.”
Freese arrives following his brief spell at AmaZulu, where he was the assistant coach to Ayanda ‘Cobra’ Dlamini before the latter stepped down and was replaced with Benni McCarthy earlier this month, leaving doubts over Freese’s future.
Speaking about his appointment, the 64-year-old expressed his delight, stating that it was right to move for him.
The coach noted he was more than looking forward to the new challenge presented by Ea Lla Koto.
“I’m happy to be here. The mandate like in all teams is to do the best you can. Like you know everywhere in the NFD, promotion is number one. So I’m here to try to help get the team into the PSL,” said Freese.
Freese indicated he won’t rush into the transfer market as he still needs to assess what he currently has.
“We still having a look at what we have, we’ve got some good quality young players at the moment,” he pointed out.
The struggling 2018 Nedbank Cup winners are currently rooted at 14th place on the log table, having collected nine points from nine games with only two wins.