Downs want to reinstate Stellenbosch fixture

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The postponed match between Stellenbosch and Mamelodi Sundowns which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, December 11 and moved to Saturday,  December 21, is likely to be returned to its original date.

The match was moved so to allow Sundowns to prepare for the 2019 Telkom Knockout final against Maritzburg United at Moses Mabhida Stadium on December 14.

Sundowns will also be travelling from Morocco where they would be taking on Wydad Casablanca in a CAF Champions League Group C match 5 days earlier.

The PSL confirmed the postponement but Stellies coach Steve Barker has since revealed that talks are at an advanced stage to move the match back to its original date.

“Look we have had discussions between the two clubs because they want to reinstate the game,” confirmed Barker.

“Originally they asked it to be postponed but I think they realised that there will be too much fixture congestion so they have requested that we reinstate the game so we will sit on Monday and decide so that the fixture is a strong possibility that it can take place on the 11th (at Cape Town Stadium),” he said.

Gaston Sirino will be available for the Telkom Knockout final should the Downs v Stellenbosch be reinstated.

“So I am hoping it does otherwise if it doesn’t we will play on the 21st of December which is a bit long so I am hoping that it will most likely take place on Wednesday,” added Barker.

If the match is reinstated, the Brazilians will have an advantage of having star player Gaston Sirino for the Telkom Knockout final against Maritzburg United, as he would have finished serving his two-match suspension.

The Uruguayan is also awaiting his PSL DC outcome after appearing last week Tuesday on charges of unsporting behaviour and assault. It’s rumoured that Sirino could be banned for six matches.

Stellies are also scheduled to travel to Baroka on Saturday 21 December so it would be interesting how the PSL will juggled that fixture arrangement.

They are only left with two matches for this year while the Brazilians are scheduled to play 6 fixtures in 21 days this month.

By Ofhani Munyai

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