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Barker – What Stellies Need To Do To Secure 2nd Spot

Stellenbosch FC head coach Steve Barker says it is difficult for clubs to lock down second place but he is aware his side can put themselves in a better position to do that if they win their next match.

Stellies drew 1-1 with Sekhukhune United in the DStv Premiership in Polokwane on Wednesday evening to remain in the spot with 40 points from 23 matches.

However, that is just three points above Orlando Pirates in third place and four ahead of Sekhukhune at number four.

“It’s still a bit of a long way to go, so it’s difficult to claim it [send position] right now,” said Barker.

“I think it’s just consistency and performance, sometimes a little bit of luck is also needed. We just got to continue playing the way we are and making sure that we win the games that we need to be winning.”

Barker believes, if the Maroons can continue their unbeaten run and collect maximum points away at TS Galaxy they would be in a stronger place to secure second position in their record-breaking season.

“As I said two tough away games but then our next five we play four in Cape Town before we go to our last game away to Richards Bay. So a lot to play for and we just got to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible,” he added.

“We seem to draw a lot with Sekhukhune it’s not a bad point away from home. Obviously with a big game coming on Sunday another sort of away game to Mbombela.

“Yeah these two games away were going to be like a big challenge for us, if we can come away from them with some points, hopefully we can get three points at Galaxy and then to come away with four would really put us in a strong position.”

Stellenbosch have now gone 22 games unbeaten – a run they started in September 2023.

Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.