Letsoaka backs new signings to keep Free State Stars in the top flight

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Letsoaka tells Goal the loss of some of their key players will not affect them in their quest to survive relegation this season

Free State Stars coach Serame Letsoaka believes that the five new signings are good enough to keep the team in the top flight.

“I think we have the quality to work with what the chairman has entrusted myself and Themba (Sithole, assistant coach) with to ensure that the team remain in the PSL next season,” Letsoaka told Goal.

“We are definitely trying to do that. I think the people we have signed are good enough to keep us in the PSL,” he added.

Ea Lla Koto have added former SA national under-20 international Nhlakanipho Ntuli, Mohammed Anas, Allen Dorian, former Kaizer Chiefs left-back Simphiwe Mtshweni and Thabang Matuka.

They have released seven players in Reabetse Rakoti, Tshepo Mothiba, David Booysen, Johnny Mathole, Brandon Dean, Hamis Kizza and Mohamed Aoudou.

Despite the fact that striker Moeketsi Sekola and defender Bokang Thlone have signed pre-contract deals with Highlands Park and Bidvest Wits respectively, Letsoaka is more worried with the absence of captain Paulus Masehe and Thokozani Sekotlong.

“I think the absence of Masehe and Sekotlong through injury it’s a big set-back for the club. As for Sekola and Thlone who have signed pre-contract deals with Highlands Park and Bidvest Wits, they will be with us until the end of the season,” Letsoaka said.

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The Bethlehem-based club currently lie in 14th spot on the table in a dogfight with three other teams in Baroka, Highlands Park and Platinum Stars.

“So they will still be playing for the team and at the end of the season we will see how we accommodate for their absence," he added.

“It’s not a train-smash that we have lost these players because we are trying to build a solid team here so the team have some depth,” Letsoaka concluded.

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