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Barker Reacts To First Top-flight Trophy

Stellenbosch FC head coach Steve Barker was left emotional after securing his first-ever domestic top-flight trophy.

It marked a special day for the club formed seven years ago, as they secured their second trophy after the National First Division title win back in the 2018/19 season.

With several dynamic performances this season and squad bursting with youthful exuberance, it’s an exciting time for football at the Cape Winelands outfit.

“I just want to thank the Almighty Lord for the grace that he’s given me and my family and the whole football club,” he said after the 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over TS Galaxy.

“It’s an opportunity for me to thank my family for always supporting me, my wife, my kids I’d like to thank the football club, they deserve it, for what they’re doing and Stellenbosch and for the community and creating opportunities for people.

“I want to thank the staff that have put in the hard work every day. I want to thank the supporters who support us week in and week out and have made the effort to be here today.

“So I also want to thank them and most of all, I just want to thank the players. They deserve it. They put in shift after shift week in and week out. Today I could see that energy was a bit low. And you know, we’ve been travelling a lot, playing a lot of games of late, so credit must go to them they deserve it.

“And also just want to say that this one was for my parents, heavenly parents, as well as for Clive as well as for Oshwin Andries. We dedicated this to them, and we’ve come through, so I’m sure they’re looking upon us and very proud.”

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.