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Free State Stars lost 2-0 to Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday, and the management felt that Komphela is not the right man to take them forward

By Ernest Makhaya

Free State Stars have confirmed that they have parted ways with coach Steve Komphela following their 2-0 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

Stars' PRO Lebohang Maketa confirmed the news to Goal on Sunday afternoon, saying that the club had to sack Komphela because the results were not forthcoming.

"We parted ways with Komphela this morning," Maketa told Goal. "There are a number of factors that we had to consider and the main reason was that the results were not impressive," he said.

Komphela has been with Ea Lla Koto for more than three seasons now, and the fact that he lost two of his key players in Dove Wome and Kennedy Mweene to Sundowns, meant he had to rebuild from the start.

However, Maketa said that the club had set targets before the start of the season, and they felt that those targets wouldn't be met if the club continues with the poor run.

He also confirmed that assistant coach Themba Sithole will take over while the club is still looking for Komphela's replacement.

"Themba Sithole will take over as an interim coach until the announcement is made as to who our next coach will be," added Maketa.