“We had a five-year plan to get into the PSL”

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Stellenbosch FC achieved their goal of gaining promotion to the Absa Premiership ahead of time and head coach Steve Barker says the club’s objective now is to avoid relegation.

The PSL rookies are not yet safe from the axe but also not far away from a top-eight finish. With seven wins, six draws and 11 losses, Stellenbosch occupy 11th place on the log standings after 24 matches with 27 points.

“We have six fixtures remaining. I’ve said this since the beginning of the season, our target has always been 33 points, however, I’ve challenged my players to be the best team in the League in these remaining fixtures. There’s no reason why we can’t be,” said Barker.

“The club was bought over by Stellenbosch Academy of Sport‚ and initially we had a five-year plan to get into the PSL. Fortunately, we achieved it in one year,” – Barker. Picture: Stellenbosch FC

“And then we found ourselves in the PSL and we all know and understand the league is not an easy one to get promoted into and keep your status.

“So, we had an objective to just consolidate ourselves this season in the PSL,” added Barker during a Zoom online press conference with the SA Football Journalists Association (SAFJA).

The PSL will resume on the 11th of August in a Biological Safe Environment (BSE) in Gauteng amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“So, our first objective is to win football matches as soon as we can to get points in the bag. And then hopefully we can then use the remainder of the season‚ perhaps with two games to go‚ to start looking to the future and next season.

“But our primary objective right now is to get enough points to ensure that we stay in the PSL,” said the two-time NFD winning coach.

“And hopefully then we can lay the foundation to then kick on in years to come and be a team that is well established and competitive in the PSL for a number of years to come.

“This season we haven’t yet gotten over the line. We are not safe yet and four points off the top eight,” concluded the former University of Pretoria mentor.

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