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Barker – All The Pressure Will Be On Sundowns

Stellenbosch Head Coach Steve Barker says all the pressure will be on ‘the best team in the country’ when they face Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup round of 32 on Wednesday.

The two DStv Premiership clubs will meet at Loftus Stadium tomorrow evening, and Barker says that after a heavy January schedule, it will be a good to have a break from the league.

The former AmaTuks coach (who took the university side to the final in 2009) is under no illusions, and knows defending champions Sundowns will go into the game as favourites.

But Barker says if his team can play to their full potential they could upset the applecart.

“It’s a competition that you win five matches, you can be a Nedbank champion, so definitely it does afford a bit of relief from the league,”
Barker said in a digital press conference.

“It does allow us an opportunity to play against the best team in the country for a cup competition, and obviously the mindset going into it is we have to be positive.”

“We’re up against a lot, against a quality team, quality players, in good form, unbeaten in the league, really good at home, but we not going to make all the effort of going to Pretoria without believing we can get a result.”

“Our mindset has to be one of belief, we know what we have to do to get a result against them, we have to play to our full potential.”

“So we’re looking forward to it, it is a nice team to play against, and while not many people are expecting us to get a result. All the pressure will be on Sundowns, not us, so hopefully we can go there and play with some courage, some bravery, some freedom, and at the same time try nullify the threats they have all over the park.”

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.