Free State Stars coach Nikola Kavazovic is confident that the team will return to top flight football immediately next season.

Stars were relegated on the last day after they lost 1-0 to champions Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.

Maritzburg United will play in the promotion/relegation playoffs. Many of the Serbian compatriots are coaching in the National First Division but Kavazovic will not consult them.

He also says there is no better team than Stars in the National First Division.

The Serbian gave a lot of opportunities to many young players in the team. He mixed them with experienced players such as Rooi Mahamutsa, Eleazar Rodgers, Patrick Phungwayo and veteran Paulus Masehe.

Masehe will be retiring but he says he will not convince him to stay. He also believes that youngsters will help the team to return.

Kavazovic is a former Botswana team’s Township Rollers coach. He won the championship with them and even took the team to the CAF Champions League.

He says it is the first time he has been relegated. – Report by Vincent Sitsula