Stellenbosch FC head coach Steve Barker admits that his players are frustrated as they can’t play matches due to the coronavirus outbreak but says they understand the situation and are busy working work from home.
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) suspended matches until further notice and South Africa is into day 7 of the 21-day national lockdown. But Stellenbosch players are hard at work from home with Barker ensuring that they do more than the stay at home and tissue challenge.
“We are also keeping them mentally stimulated with analysis work that we are giving them and various different tasks, they are all in good spirits,” said Barker.
“Obviously disappointed and frustrated that they can’t be on the field, but they do understand the situation adhering to what our President has asked us to do,” added the ‘Stellies’ mentor.
In their debut season in the Absa Premiership, Stellenbosch have managed to win seven of their 24 League games so far and occupy 11th place on the log standings, four points away from the top eight.
“To all the Stellenbosch FC football fans, we were so looking forward to this coming weekend to playing our first game in Stellenbosch and unfortunately that won’t take place but it won’t be long before we have that opportunity,” said the former AmaTuks coach.
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SFC players have daily competitions to fulfill after their workouts. The first was a push up challenge. Who do you think took the first round? 21 day lockdown League Table to be posted by the end of the day. How many push ups can you do in 30 seconds? #StellenboschFC #ProudlyStellenbosch #pushupchallenge
Barker’s message to football fans and all South Africans.
“I wish all our fans to be safe during this period and help fight this coronavirus so that we can stop it from spreading and we can overcome it.
“My plea to you is to heed to the call of our President and to be in lockdown for 21 days. It is a small-time to sacrifice when people have in the past sacrificed many years their lives to give us freedom,” he said.
“It is 21 days lockdown will allow us to get our freedom back to return to our daily routine, to return to playing football so the football-loving fans of this country can come out again and support their teams and have something to watch,” concluded Barker.
By FARPost Reporter