Stellenbosch defender and captain Robyn Johannes is still going about his business the same way he has for the past decade and a half when he arrived on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) scene with the University of Pretoria.
Having joined Stellies as a free agent in 2019 after he was released by the now-defunct Bidvest Wits, Johannes made a good impression in his first season at the Western Cape-based club winning the Players’ Player of the Year and the Footballer of the Year awards.
Johannes led Stellies to a 10th place finish, just three points outside the top eight in the club’s maiden Premiership campaign.
Coach Steve Barker has lavished Johannes with praise describing him as a true servant of the beautiful game and a leader.
“He is massive for the club. I mean when we were able to secure his services it just changed the whole mood of our club, the ability to bring a player of his calibre, his leadership qualities, he is a winner,” said Barker.
“Robyn drives the team every day at training, he’s been there, and he has done it. His desire to win football matches is still of the highest level.”
With over 15 years of experience in South Africa’s topflight, the experienced defender’s medal cabinet that has in it a Premiership title, Telkom Knockout Cup and the MTN8, among many accolades.
“I still feel he could play a role even in the national team,” added Barker, who has been impressed with the former Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates players’ leadership qualities both on and off the field.
“He is playing a big role for our youngsters and also leading the team and the quality he brings, for me he is still one of the best passers of the ball in South African football. I think just his presence around would be magnificent for people around him,” concluded the Stellies mentor.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi