Keagan Buchanan of Kaizer Chiefs is challenged by Nhlanhla Vilakazi of Free State Stars during the 2017 Maize Cup match between Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs on the 15 July 2017 at James Motlatsi Stadium, Orkney © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix
Sunday Jul 16, 2017. 15:58
Following their 1-0 loss to Kaizer Chiefs in the final of the Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup, Free State Stars assistant coach David Vilakazi said he is happy with his men.
Ea Lla Koto beat Platinum Stars in the first semi-final in Orkney as they continue their pre-season hoping to do well in the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League campaign.
Although they played well in fighting for the ball against Steve Komphela's troops, Stars conceded a late goal to lose out on lifting the pre-season trophy.
A solitary goal through George Lebese was enough for the Soweto giants to walk away with the trophy.
“It was a tight final. We gave our new players a chance, the new boys and they did well. Unfortunately, they forget and all move forward, that is how we conceded,” said Vilakazi.
“Our senior guys went out due to cramps and so on, but they also guided the boys well.
"Sinethemba Jantjie and Danny Venter had a good game. I am happy with Danny and he is the man of the match.
“I am happy but we will keep working hard. We will continue with our pre-season, we will travel to Bloemfontein and face Bloemfontein Celtic next weekend to help us as we forge combinations and so on.”