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Why Leopards fans are ‘celebrating’ Free State Stars’ relegation

Fans of South African club Free State Stars on Saturday suffered the heartbreak of watching their team being relegated on the final day of the season.

Free State Stars spent the better part of the 2018/2019 league season battling relegation and needed a point in their final match of the season at home to Mamelodi Sundowns to guarantee their but instead lost 1-0 to the eventual champions.

But the team’s relegation from the Premier Soccer League has turned out to be music in the ears of AFC Leopards fans in the Kenyan Premier League.


And here is why.

The club is managed by Nikola Kavazovic, the Serbian coach who walked out of Leopards in January barely a month after taking up the job.

At the time, the coach claimed that he was returning home ‘take care of his ailing dad’, although it later emerged that he may have fled the club after he was denied a Sh20,000 advance salary by Ingwe’s management.


The 43-year-old would however surface in South Africa a few weeks later to take up the Free State Stars job, something that didn’t go down well Ingwe fans.

But in a strange twist of events, when Kavazovic’s replacement, Marko Vasiljevic, lost his job after failing to turn around Leopards’ fortunes, he was handed a soft landing by his compatriot as the assistant coach of the South African club.

Now following Free State Stars’ relegation, Ingwe fans are rubbing it in the South Africa which they feel ‘robbed’ them of two coaches this season.