Patrick Phungwayo is backing his team to do well in Africa. Photo:
Free State Stars defender Patrick Phungwayo knows all about competing against the best on the continent and he doesn’t want his team to suffer like SuperSport United.

Matsatsantsa A Pitori avoided going into the play-offs on the last day following a pretty successful Caf Confederation Cup campaign that saw them go all the way to the final where they lost to the DR Congo's TP Mazembe.

That great continental run had such a negative effect on their domestic form that coach Eric Tinkler was fired and his assistant Kaitano Tembo only just managed to keep the team afloat.

Phungwayo and his troops at Stars will be competing in the same competition following their Nedbank Cup triumph and the well-travelled defender has called on the Stars management to beef up the team.

“Of course the club will have to sign more players. You don’t want to find yourself having 20 players while you are travelling and competing in Africa. What happened to SuperSport is exactly what we must try and prevent," Phungwayo said, adding that retaining Luc Eymael as coach would also stand the club in good stead "If the coach is there, we will manage because he has the experience of competing in Africa. He has been in the Champions League before.”

Phungwayo has been to two Caf finals with Orlando Pirates, the Champions League in 2013 and the Confederation Cup in 2015.

The attacking full-back joined Stars after the disappointment of having to leave the Buccaneers at the start of the season.

“ I had options of going to Cape Town but I decided to go to Free State because my family is in Johannesburg, just two hours away. I think it benefited me because I managed to win a trophy.”

The Star

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