“Stay safe and support us from home” is the call from Stellenbosch FC General Manager Garth le Roux, who pleads with the public to refrain from using mountain routes to gain access to watch PSL action at the Danie Craven Stadium.
After picking up a hard-fought point on the road, the Stellies outfit returns to the Danie Craven Stadium this weekend when they next face Chippa United FC on Saturday 21 November, kick-off at 15:30.
Two draws and a loss leaves the side from Stellenbosch in 12th position with just 2 points, and not the start Barker and his men would have hoped for.
“It doesn’t matter how well we played at Pirates or SuperSport, we couldn’t pick up the maximum points,” says Nathan Sinkala, Stellies’ Zambian-born player.
“Suddenly 2 points from an available 9 makes the results mediocre. We know there is pressure, but we welcome it and trust in our processes. So we know the results will follow – we just have to keep putting in the work.”
“Chippa won’t be an easy fixture for us, they are coming off a good victory against Maritzburg United and their coach has got them playing an attacking style of football”, says Wesley Sergel, assistant coach at SFC.
“We have used the international break to integrate our new signings and continue to build off our first three performances. We look forward to being back at Danie Craven where we will be targeting our first three points for this seasons campaign.”
The Stellies attack will be without Kayamandi born Leletu Skelem, who has been away on international duty representing the National u-23 South African team in a friendly against counter-parts Saudi Arabia. “We are so proud of him,” says CEO Rob Benadie. “This provides further proof that we are on the right track as a club and I am sure a few more local young people have been inspired through this.”
With latest arrivals Junior Mendieta and Solly Khunyedi making their debut’s against Supersport, albeit cameos, the front duo will look to set the stage alight if given the chance at home.
Stellenbosch FC fans will also call for the club’s Nigerian-born player Stanley Dimgba to get some minutes under his belt after he arrived early last week.
“This clash between coastal rivals will not be broadcasted but you’ll be able to follow the game live on our socials, keeping you up-to-date, minute-by-minute, with all your match-day action”, says SFC Media Liaison Courtney Williams.
Le Roux has explicitly asked the club’s fans to remain at home and not attempt to gain access via mountain routes close to the perimeters of the venue.
“We would like to remind our loyal supporters that even though we miss having them there it is indeed both government and PSL legislature that stipulate no spectators will be allowed at the venue, and that includes outside its perimeters,” he said.
The unique dynamics of the venue saw some spectators access the perimeters through mountain routes at the Swallows fixture (25/10) and were later asked to move by officials.
Le Roux says: “Security will be deployed on match day, from early morning to ensure that the rules and regulations of the State and PSL are adhered to, we trust that our spectators will remain within the law, stay safe and support us from home.”
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