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Massive day for SFC

The Stellenbosch Football Club (SFC) cemented its place at the top of the National First Division log by beating inform Ajax Cape Town in Idas Valley on Sunday.

It was a massive day for SFC. Before a completely sold-out stadium Stellies beat the Urban Warriors 2-1, bringing to an end the latter’s winning streak of five matches.

Striker Iqraam Rayners scored both goals for SFC and, with 13 goals, he is now the clear leader of the top goal-scorers in the NFD. SFC captain Jarrod Moroole has six goals to his name.

SFC took the lead early on, but at half-time the game was tied at 1-1. Another brilliant goal from Rayners in the second half gave Stellies the victory.

There was massive hype before the match. SFC were the log leaders and Ajax Cape Town was in red-hot form surging to second place in the log after struggling in the bottom half earlier in the season. Neither the teams nor the supporters were disappointed. They played excellent soccer and fans were on the edge of their seats or standing in anticipation.

SFC is currently on 37 points after 18 matches. Mbombela United (32) and Ajax Cape Town (30) are second and third respectively.

Goalkeeper Lee Langeveldt was very emotional after the big match. “Today was extra special,” he said. “To play in front of family and friends means a lot. Today is an experience we always had in mind for the team and supporters… to be able to give it to them is priceless. But let’s not forget that the season is far from over and we still have lots to do,” said Langeveldt.

“After first few games I said we are a special team so we can do special things, but now we are in a great position to win the league and that would be the ultimate.”

Club CEO Rob Benadie added: “We have big plans to grow the impact this club has on the community in the future. What we saw today, though, was phenomenal and showed us that things may progress much faster than planned. Ajax Cape Town are an established brand and came to Stellenbosch today in large numbers hoping to out-muscle us. Our amazing supporters and players, together, showed them whose home this is and silenced the Urban Warriors. I am so proud of them.”

V The next game is Sunday 3 February against Ubuntu Cape Town at the Idas Valley Sports Stadium.

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