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Barker Picks His Coach Of The Season Favourite

Stellenbosch FC head coach Steve Barker believes that Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena deserves the Coach of the Season award.

Mokwena completed a league double over Stellenbosch after narrowly beating them 1-0 at Athlone Stadium to put a new record of 72 points in the Premier Soccer League history.

Sundowns are currently leading the DStv Premiership by 22 points with two games to go and are yet to taste a defeat. The DStv Premiership champions also conceded the least number of goals with nine.

After the Saturday’s defeat, Barker was asked to give his opinion on the Coach of the Season and named Mokwena as his clear favourite.

“Rulani by a country mile, 22 points ahead of us and he is got a game in hand,” Barker told the media.

“He deserves it. To keep a winning team winning like he did, it’s not easy. It’s the respect I have for him and Sundowns although they win so much they still want to win more.

“You can become complacent, with the league in the bag you just say ‘let’s concentrate on the Nedbank Cup’, but they are a proud club.

“He has built a good strong mentality amongst them, a winning mentality. Rulani deserves it without questions.”

Barker and Stellenbosch themselves are still fighting for the CAF Champions League spot and are facing Richards Bay in their final game of the season, where a win would secure them second position.

Sinethemba Makonco
Sinethemba Makonco
Sinethemba Makonco is one of South Africa's brightest up-and-coming football journalists. Makonco shot to prominence on social media as a reliable source for South African football news and transfer stories, and is currently working as a junior journalist at iDiski Times.