Freestaters take 'friendly' derby to Kimberley

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The match, which is being touted as a battle for provincial supremacy, has been taken to Kimberley to give supporters of both clubs an opportunity to see just how far the respective coaches have progressed in preparations for the second leg of the Premiership.

“Even though we have lost two of our top players Fanyana Dhladhla and Sifiso Vilakazi, the mood is still very high in our camp and we are determined to win at all costs,” Stars brand manager Rantsi Mokoena.

His counterpart at Phunya Sele Sele, Sello Nduna, remains optimistic that the Kimberley stadium will be covered in green and white as their supporters are hungry for the game.

“We are still in the Afcon recess but our players are focused on this game as it will help to test their match fitness. Free State Stars have done so well in the Premiership so far, so there is no way that we will take them lightly. We will pick our best squad because there is a matter of pride at stake,” says Nduna.