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Free State Stars
Full name Free State Stars Football Club
Nickname(s) Ea Lla Koto (Fight to the end)
Founded 1979
Ground Goble Park, Bethlehem
(Capacity: 20,000)
Chairman Mike Mokoena
Coach South Africa Gordon Igesund
League ABSA Premiership
2008-09 ABSA Premiership, 4th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
old logo

Free State Stars are a football (soccer) club based in Bethlehem, Free State province (South Africa).

Originally founded in 1979 and previously known as Qwa Qwa Stars, the club's franchise was sold to the Premier Soccer League in 2002. The following year, Mike Mokoena revived the club as he bought and renamed the franchise of National First Division side Maholosiane. FS Stars managed to regain their Premiership status in 2005 after winning the Mvela Golden League. After a disappointing season in the top-flight, with the first team finishing bottom of the table, the club was relegated. The 2007-08 season however proved to be a huge success with FS Stars dominating the First Division and securing promotion to the Premier League once again. They also managed to win the inaugural Baymed Cup in December 2006 when they defeated FC AK in the final.



  • Baymed Cup Winners 2006
  • Mvela Golden League Champions 2004/05 & 2006/07
  • Second Division Champions 1985
  • Coca-Cola Cup Winners 1994

Club records

  • Most appearances: Edward Salomane 299
  • Most goals: Bunene Ngaduana 79
  • Most capped player: Steve Komphela 10 (South Africa)
  • Most appearances in a season: Themba Sithole 45 (1992)
  • Most goals in a season: Bunene Ngaduana 19 (1993)
  • Record win: 8-1 v Ikapa Sporting (29/3/08, Nedbank Cup)
  • Record loss: 1-7 v Arcadia (31/10/86, NSL), 1-7 v Sundowns (19/4/98, PSL)

Premier Soccer League record

Club officials/Technical team

  • Chairman: South Africa Mike Mokoena
  • Coach: South Africa Gordon Igesund
  • Assistant coach: South Africa Themba Sithole
  • Goalkeeper coach: Brazil Milton Nienov

2009/2010 First team squad

As of December 5, 2009

No. Position Player
1 Zambia GK Kennedy Mweene
2 South Africa DF Sipho Nkosi
3 South Africa DF Ayanda Gcaba
4 South Africa MF Duncan Lechesa (Captain)
5 Zimbabwe DF James Matola
6 South Africa DF Sanele Mabaso
7 South Africa MF Mpho Makola
8 South Africa MF Manti Moholo
9 South Africa FW Aleni Lebyane
11 South Africa MF Matome Madimabe
12 South Africa FW Saitjheni Tsotetsi
13 South Africa FW Sifiso Thomo
14 South Africa DF Prince Hlela
15 South Africa FW Paulos Masehe
16 South Africa MF Thamane Motaung
No. Position Player
17 South Africa MF Ruben Cloete
18 Zimbabwe FW Kingston Nkhata
19 South Africa DF Tshegofatso Mashego
20 South Africa FW Sthembiso Ngcobo
21 South Africa GK Walter Khumalo
22 South Africa MF Kleinbooi Taaibos
23 South Africa FW Tebelo Mofokeng
24 South Africa DF Goodman Sauhatsi
25 Ghana DF Jonathan Mensah
27 Brazil MF Eder Richartz
28 South Africa DF Siyabonga Mdluli
29 South Africa DF Martin Carelse
30 South Africa GK Blessing Makhathini
31 South Africa MF Professor Ramoraswi
33 Brazil DF Fabio Marinho


In the South African PSL, only five non-South African nationals can be registered. Players with foreign and South African citizenship do not count as foreigners.

Official sponsor


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