Stellenbosch FC head coach Steve Barker expects a wounded Mamelodi Sundowns to come to them all guns blazing in their Wednesday’s Absa Premiership encounter at
The Pitso Mosimane side is still kicking its wounds after they failed to advance to the semifinals of the CAF Champions following their 3 – 1 loss on aggregate to Egyptian giants Al Ahly.
“Yes well it is a big one yeah,” Barker says.
“Look obviously it is never easy playing a team like Sundowns, they got good team. They’ve got good individual players all around the pitch, especially going forward you know they’ve got players like Zwane [Themba], [Lebohang] Maboe and Sirino [Gaston] and [Vilakazi] Sibusiso, some really good talented players and I think now that they are out of the (CAF) Champions League, they want to obviously really focus on the next big League.
“Two games in hand if they win both they are one point behind Kaizer Chiefs. I can see good teams have that bounce back after a setback on the weekend. We expect them to come out with all guns, but we also have our own ambition,”added Barker.
“We want to get to 30 points we know we’ve done well of late at home, and so we see this as a good opportunity for us to get some points. But we do know that we’ll have to play really well. Defensively we gonna have to be solid, and also to find ways to put them under pressure and ask them questions.
“You know any team is beatable in this league you know, you have to play well to beat the bigger teams but it’s possible, we’ve beaten SuperSport at home, we’ve beaten Orlando Pirates at home, So you know we’ve got to believe and trust that we can also beat Sundowns, “said the ‘Stellies’ mentor.
But we respect them, they are a good team, the most consistent team in South Africa for the last couple of seasons. So, we respect them but at the same time we believe that we can cause an upset,” concluded Barker.
By Musa Nhlapo