Zambian midfielder Nathan Sinkala is a man who welcomes pressure and believes he performs best under it, which is a good thing, considering the weight of expectation on his shoulders joining Stellenbosch from Congolese giants TP Mazembe in January.
Sinkala, who was once on the books of FC Sochaux in France, believes Stellies have performed well in their opening three DStv Premiership matches even though they are yet to get the desired results.
The Western Cape-based outfit will be looking to register their first win of the 2020/21 Premiership season when they host Chippa United at the Danie Craven Stadium on Saturday afternoon (15:30).
Stellies started the season with two draws against Swallows and Orlando Pirates, but suffered defeat against SuperSport United in their most recent game just before the Fifa international break. They are 12th on the log standings with just two points – not a start Steve Barker and his troops would have hoped for.
“It doesn’t matter how well we played at Pirates or SuperSport we couldn’t pick up the maximum points. Suddenly 2 points from an available 9 makes the results mediocre,” said Sinkala.
The 29-year-old midfielder is one of the key players at Stellies having played in all the matches so far this season, finding the back of the net against Orlando Pirates.
“We know there is pressure, but we welcome it, and we trust in our processes. So, we know the results will follow – we just have to keep putting in the work”, added the Zambian 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) winner.
Meanwhile, Stellies general manager Garth Le Roux has explicitly asked the fans and the public to “Stay safe and support us from home,” he said.
He asked that fans refrain from using mountain routes close to the perimeters of the Danie Craven Stadium to gain access to watch the action.
The unique dynamics of the stadium saw some spectators access the perimeters through mountain routes when Stellies played Swallows a few weeks ago and were later asked to move by officials.
“Security will be deployed on match day, from early morning to ensure that the rules and regulations of the State and PSL are adhered to, we trust that our spectators will remain within the law,” concluded Le Roux.
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