The powers that be at the relegated Free State Stars say they will be forced to lay off staff next season following the club’s demotion to the National First Division (NFD).

Stars suffered a 1-0 defeat to nine-time Absa Premiership champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, on Saturday at the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem.

The abject performance of the Bethlehem-based club saw them failing to win any of their last six matches which eventually led to their axing from the lucrative Absa Premiership.

 

Stars general manager, Rantsi Mokoena, says they are yet to fully recover from the setback.

“The consequences of being relegated are that people are going to lose their jobs. You are going from a league where the grant is R2 million per month to a league where the grant is R500 000 a month. It means you are getting R1. 5 million less than what you were receiving in the Premier Soccer League, it means people will lose their jobs,” adds Mokoena.