Stellenbosch must use home ground advantage


Stellenbosch head coach Steve Barker has called for a more-rounded performance and making use of their home ground advantage when his men face Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in a DStv Premiership match at the Danie Craven Stadium on Tuesday (17:00).

Barker will be aiming for a good start to the new year as his ‘Stellies’ side will play four of its five league encounters games at home in January.

In their last game of 2020, Stellenbosch played out to a 2-2 draw away to Maritzburg United in which they rescued a point with a late goal from Stanley Dimgba.

‘Stellies’ have secured four points from three home matches this season, with their most recent result at home being a 2-1 defeat at the hands of local rivals Cape Town City in mid-December.

“We traveled a lot before the break and now have an opportunity to pick up points at home,” said Barker.

“I told the players that we play in a strong league, and the best way to get ahead is to win your home games. We are excited about playing at home, and I am hoping that we will use the situation to our advantage.

“Before the pandemic, we were supposed to play four games in a row at home, but we completed them in a bio-bubble in Gauteng.

“That disrupted our objectives, and we now have an opportunity to work on our target by making it count at home. If you don’t win your home games, you are making it difficult for yourself.

“The players know the importance of winning our home matches, and we hope to enjoy the month of January by collecting as many points as we can at home,” he concluded.

DStv Premiership Tuesday, 5 Jan Fixtures 

Swallows v Cape Town City, Dobsonville Stadium, 5pm

TS Galaxy v Baroka, Mbombela Stadium, 5pm

Stellenbosch v Tshakuma, Danie Craven Stadium, 5pm

Golden Arrows v Black Leopards, Sugar Ray Xulu, 5pm

Wednesday, 5 

SuperSport v Chippa, Lucas Moripe Stadium, 5pm

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By FARPost Reporter

all pictures courtesy of Stellenbosch

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