‘Stellenbosch as good as Pirates’

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Stellenbosch coach Steve Barker was very happy and pleased with his side’s narrow 1-0 win over the inconsistent Orlando Pirates at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

Barker made several changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Pirates a week ago in the Telkom Knockout, most notably in goals where veteran goalkeeper Lee Langeveldt started on the bench for Boy De Jong.

Boy De Jong, alongside Nyiko Mobbie, started in goal and kept a clean sheet.

“In terms of the match I just felt that when the score was 0-0 we were as good as them, in terms of keeping possesion and our structure, we then scored the goal,” reflected Barker.

The victory was Stellies’ first game played at the 2010 FIFA World Cup venue and also the club’s first home win of the season, much to the delight of the coach and for the people of the Stellenbosch community.

“Who would have thought 3-4 years ago Stellenbosch would be playing at Cape Town Stadium and beating a club like Pirates?

“To have a small town like Stellenbosch, and for us to be beating a team like Pirates is just really massive for everybody involved with the club, from top down,” he said.

“The community, the kids that we are providing hope for to play in a professional team in the winelands. You know it’s been 18 months of craziness from when the club was about to be sold, to be purchased, to get promoted and now to be above teams like Pirates and Cape Town City in the league at this stage – it’s massive for us.”

Stellenbosch will now travel to KwaZulu Natal to face off against AmaZulu in their next Absa Premiership game on November 4.

By Shane Matsoyane

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