BETHLEHEM – Free State Stars appointed Serbian national Nikola Kavazovic as their new head coach on Thursday.
Ea Lla Koto won the Nedbank Cup last season, and finished in sixth position on the league standings under coach Luc Eymael.
Eymael was linked to the vacant Kaizer Chiefs job during the off-season, but ended up remaining at Stars, only to depart the club in early November after a poor run of form had seen them dropping down towards the foot of the table.
David Vilakazi and Selaotse Mosala were announced as caretaker coaches, but have been unable to turn things around, with the Bethlehem-based side currently just two points above the relegation zone.
Kavazovic, who had himself been linked to the Amakhosi hot seat earlier this year, now has exactly half a season – 15 league matches – to ensure Stars stay clear of the drop zone and try to defend their Nedbank Cup crown.