Duncan Lechesa wants Luc Eymael to stay at Free State Stars

The former Free State Stars midfielder has congratulated Ea Lla Koto for winning their first trophy since 1994

As Free State Stars bagged the Nedbank Cup title after a 1-0 win over Maritzburg United at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday night, legend Duncan Lechesa has congratulated his former team.

A solitary goal by Goodman Dlamini ensured Ea Lla Koto ended their trophy drought since winning a trophy in 1994.

That triumph came in the the Coca Cola Cup where they beat the then Cape Town-base Hellenic. 

Speaking exclusively to Goal , the former Stars midfielder and skipper congratulated his former team and believes the Bethlehem-based outfit's experience shone through against the Team of Choice.

The Mthatha Bucks mentor also praised Stars Belgium-born coach for lifting his first silverware in the country and hopes that he would stay put at Stars.

However, speculation is rife that the former Polokwane City manager is on his way to either Kaizer Chiefs or SuperSport United as they look to replace Steve Komphela and Eric Tinkler respectively.

“Yeah I think, the only difference was experience, congratulations to Stars and hard luck to United,” Lechesa told Goal.

“Stars were good to ensure United did not do what they wanted to achieve, they did everything to win the cup," said he coach.

“Tactically Maritzburg were superior than Stars, but Stars did not give them a chance to penetrate, to create them and they just made spaces smaller for United,” he continued.

“It was a great finish for Dlamini and a wonderful set up by (Sinethemba) Jantjie,” he reacted.

“I am sure they will want to do well in Caf Confederation Cup and let’s hear what will happen as far as their planning is concerned," he noted.

“I am sure they will try and go to taste the continent and its challenges, it will be good for the club and to play outside of the country,” Lechesa continued.

“Yeah a (Luc) is a very good coach, I think all in all he wanted to go through, we all know what happened [at] Celtic, the drama,” he acknowledged.

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“I want to say he can do it in Africa because he has proven how good he is, there’s no better way to do it now with his first trophy in South Africa, and I am sure he can stay with Stars - I am happy for him” said the 41-year-old. 

“No I’d like to see him staying at Stars and not go to Chiefs, but we will never know football – anything can happen,” he concluded.