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Stellies Not Willing To Lose Their Top Players

Stellenbosch FC head coach Steve Barker has insisted they are not willing to lose their top players locally anymore, but would entertain overseas moves.

Stellies lost quite a number of players in the previous seasons, with the likes of Ashley Du Preez, Zitha Kwinika and Sibongiseni Mthethwa joining Kaizer Chiefs, while Junior Mendieta joined Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Cape Winelands-side are currently one of the hot teams in Mzansi, winning 11 of their last 13 official games – a run that also saw them clinch the Carling Knockout Cup in December.

Of course, Stellies success has seen many rumors circulate once again, but Barker believes his club offer now a great alternative to the traditional big-three in Mzansi and have set their sights on CAF football.

“It’s always tricky not only here it’s worldwide, when its bigger clubs it’s always not easy but I think we made an effort and decision that this is a group of players that we believe in,” Barker told iDiski Times.

“Our players objective now is to try and get into Africa [CAF Inter-club competition], finish in those top positions. I think it is possible, not easy but possible.

“I think if you win a cup and go deeper into another cup, and you maybe challenge for the Nedbank Cup then it becomes more difficult for players to see opportunity elsewhere because we are providing them the success and the opportunity to play in the continent, one or two bigger clubs are not guaranteed that they can also offer that.

“So, it’s a process where I think we’ve done enough as a football club that players are enjoying, you just seen we recently extended Sage Stephenes, Fawaaz Basadien, Jayden Adams, Devin Titus, Jurgens to name a few amongst others, they are committed to the club.

“The only time we will entertain is a big overseas move, we’re here to play a part in South African football. If a player gets an opportunity to go to Europe or play in a big league like MLS we will have to look at that situation and see if it’s the right time and the right moment, we determine not to lose our players this coming window.”

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.