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Barker And Olde-Riekerink Expecting Tough Derby

Stellenbosch and Cape Town City meet in the Cape derby on Tuesday, the first derby in the DSTV Premiership to be played at the Danie Craven Stadium.

Both Steve Barker, head coach of Stellenbosch and Jan Olde-Riekerink, City’s coach, say that there will be extra motivation with this game being a derby.

After having to spend their entire first season in the Premiership playing away from their Stellenbosch home, Barker’s team are finally playing at the Danie Craven Stadium this season, and this will be the first derby to be played there.

Barker says he is expecting a competitive match, and knows that City will be chasing bragging rights, after losing to Stellenbosch in the bio-bubble, in their last official encounter.

“Yah, excited, derbies in general are always exciting for players and clubs, especially when you are able to play them on your home ground, which will be a first for us,” Barker said in the build-up.

“So looking forward to what is going to be an exciting and competitive match.”

“We know each other well, we do play each other in friendly matches, so they’re familiar with our players, we with them, and it’s always nice to have the bragging rights in the city, so it does make it a bit extra special to get a victory over Cape Town City.” 

“We did beat them last time so we know that they’ll be wanting to rectify that. But our players are highly motivated, you don’t take the derby out of it, it’s three points on offer.” 

“We have our ambitions to do well in the league this season and to continue progressing as a club, and it’s matches like these that we’ve got to pitch up, put in a big performance, and give us the best opportunity of winning.”

Olde-Riekerink feels the derby game can add extra motivation for both teams.

“Yah I think so,” the Dutch mentor said in the pre-match press conference.

“I think it’s always special. Okay the distances in Holland are a little different, but there we have a lot of real derbies, like Sparta (Rotterdam) and Feyenoord, and when they play against each other, the spectators have a special emotion with that, and automatically also the players, created by it being a derby, and in the end they will get some energy from that.”

Olde-Riekerink knows Stellenbosch will be tough at home too.

“I think they have a strength in the way they play, it’s not only defensive, but they very good in the transition, they very good in the balls behind the defence – we played a few friendlies against them, and it’s always difficult to play against them, so that’s also a compliment for their coach in the way they let them play.” 

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