Free State Stars second assistant coach Paulus Masehe has taken well to his new role of player/coach at the Bethlehem outfit.

Masehe brought the curtain down on an 18-year-long career after 18 seasons in the Premier Soccer League.

The 35-year-old played his final match against former team Mamelodi Sundowns in May this year.

Stars subsequently lost that match 1-0 and were relegated to the National First Division. Masehe now leads Stars alongside Head Coach Themba Sithole.

The Qwa-Qwa born defensive midfielder spent 10 of an 18 year long career with Stars. He says he is still going through a learning process and explains his new role as player/coach.

Masehe played 335 matches and scored 27 goals in his career spanning over 18 years. This number could increase if called upon by Sithole to play alongside teammates Ayanda Nkosi formerly with Orlando Pirates and midfielder Relebogile Mokhuoane in the GladAfrica Championships.

The former Ea Lla Koto captain shares more on playing for Stars and coaching season.

He made his professional debut back in 2002 while on the books for Downs as a striker. After three matches in the GladAfrica Championships, Stars are without a win and are placed 13th on the log table.

All PSL and NFD matches are on a recess making way for the international break. Stars will next face promoted Mpumalanga side TS Sporting on the 14th of this month at the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem. – Report by Tshenolo Meruti