Free State Stars players and coach, Luc Eymael, celebrate in the changerooms after their victory. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix
Free State Stars players and coach, Luc Eymael, celebrate in the changerooms after their victory. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix
On pitch celebrations after the game. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix
On pitch celebrations after the game. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG - Free State Stars players are going to be a little richer after clinching the Nedbank Cup this past weekend.

Stars defeated Maritzburg United through Goodman “Deco” Dlamini’s solitary strike in Cape Town.

Stars pocketed R7-million and also qualified for the CAF Confederation Cup for winning the trophy.

General Manager at Stars Rantsi Mokoena confirmed that the players will share the prize money.

“We have a clear structure in terms of the bonuses whether it is Cup competition or the league," he said with a smile on his face.

"The guys know what they are due for in terms of money. I’m happy for them. They will be going home with their pockets full of money."

Stars ended their 24 year trophy drought with their win on Saturday night.

“It is crazy man. It’s has been a long, long wait. It had to come hey. I think to give justice to this season, we had to win something," a jubilant Mokoena stated.

"It has been a great season. We are grateful to the players and the supporters. It is history man. I’m excited. I’ve got no words. I’m extremely excited."

Stars join Kaizer Chiefs, who qualified for the CAF Confederation Cup after finishing third on the log, in the second tier continental competition.

“You can’t be afraid of what you don’t know. It is going to be our first experience. We will go out there and give it a shot," Mokoena explained.

"It is the experience we will get from going to CAF that is important for me. We know the trend, the clubs that normally go there struggle in the league.

"Somehow we have to find a way to get around it. For me it is the challenge that we need to take head on."

The Star

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