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Barker – We’re Hungry For More

Steve Barker, who led AmaTuks to the final 15 years ago, says the Nedbank Cup holds a special place in his heart, and it would be a special cup for Stellenbosch FC to win.

Stellenbosch host Mamelodi Sundowns in the semi-finals this afternoon at the Danie Craven Stadium, with a place in the final against Orlando Pirates at stake.

Speaking ahead of the crunch game, Barker said that winning the Carling Knockout last year has made those at the club, including himself, hungry for more success.

“I do think it has most certainly [made us hungry for more],” Barker replied to a question from iDiski Times.

“And for me, as you say it’s a cup that back then making the final and not winning it, and then losing on penalties to make another final…

“And I enjoy the Nedbank Cup, I think it’s a cup of dreams. All the clubs in the country are able to win it. So, I think it’s our FA Cup, a special cup to win.

“And so ja, and then obviously, having then won and tasted that success. And seeing the joy of the players of the staff, the management of the club.

“I think that’s what rewards one as a coach, to put in the effort and the hard work, and then to see the reward that everyone gets from it, I think is probably one of the most satisfying feelings as a coach.

“Ja, once you taste something that tastes really nice and sweet, I think you want more of it. So ja, I’m hungry for success. I’m hungry to get into a final again.

“So Sunday, we will be giving 100% We will give ourselves the best chance to win the match against a very formidable and club that we have to have a lot of respect for.

“But ja, we also need to be wanting to close the gap as quickly as we can over time. And every time you get a positive result, I think it gives you that confidence for the next step.”

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.