The Bloemfontein side have enjoyed a positive start to the PSL campaign and will be focusing on their next task, a match against tenacious Golden Arrows
The early season PSL standings continue to surprise, with two so called “minnow teams” still finding themselves at the top end of the log. University of Pretoria and Maritzburg United are both in the top four, with the impressive Kaizer Chiefs leading the pack.
Free State Stars are sitting in third, continuing from where they left off last season, when they finished in a strong sixth position and were still in the race for the title with three games to go.
Free State Stars are enjoying a four match unbeaten streak, with excellent results against Bidvest Wits and Chippa United, followed by draws with Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United.
The team comprises youth and talent with an experienced technical staff led by former Bafana Bafana caretaker coach Steve Komphela.
Komphela’s knowledge of the South African game is not easily surpassed and his ability to nurture talent is one of his trademarks as a coach in the PSL.
Komphela has been known for his strong motivational techniques and will be a leading figure in Ea Lla Koto’s success this season.
Even though the club lost their top scorer Edward Manqele to Mamelodi Sundowns during the off-season, they have looked to replace the striker with some useful additions to their offensive reserves.
The Bloemfontein side has introduced an array of young players in their squad such as the 17-year-old striker Herron Berrian from Liberia and Luyolo Nomandela.
Nomandela is a hard-working striker and has made appearances in three PSL fixtures, looking to settle in at his new club.
21-year-old Togolese Sename Wome is another example of the team’s belief in youthful exuberance. Wome scored in the team’s recent draw against Maritzburg United and the midfielder believes his teammates have a lot to prove this season.
“It seems like it’s going to be our season. We started the season very well and we have a pool of talented and hungry players who want to make a name for themselves,” Wome told Free State Stars official website.
"Last season we had a good season and we were amongst the title chasers with three games to go and we did have a good run in the Nedbank cup and this season I fancy we can take our chances and win a trophy or two.”
They next face Muhsin Etrugal’s Golden Arrows on Wednesday evening. The clash will provide Free State Stars a chance to pick up three points against a Golden Arrows side which has not been convincing this season, despite a recent 1 – 0 victory against Mamelodi Sundowns.
Etrugal’s side has only scored two goals in four games and only has four points on the board. Their attacking play has not been fluid and the team have lacked quality finishing so far.
However Arrows will have gained some renewed spirit after their hard fought victory against Sundowns. They will be looking to build on the result and may prove to be a difficult task for the Bloemfontein side.
The clash takes place at the Charles Mopeli Stadium and Free State Stars will want to use their home advantage in the match.
The game will be a tough encounter, as Arrows displayed their tenacity in their last outing and Free State Stars will be pushing for a victory which will keep them in the top half of the table and continue their unbeaten run.