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Victory a page turner for SFC

The past year and a half is best described by Stellenbosch Football Club’s coach, Steve Barker, as 18 months of craziness.

Last year this time SFC was playing under new ownership – Stellenbosch Academy of Sport – in the National First Division and this past weekend SFC, playing in the Absa Premiership, beat Orlando Pirates at the Cape Town Stadium.

SFC has been writing new chapters in the history of football in Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands for the past 18 months or so. Beating Pirates 1-0 – thanks to a goal by Iqraam Rayners – is just another page turner in the club’s lengthy narrative.

The win over Pirates was the second in the Absa Premiership for Stellies after getting their first victory in the league by beating Polokwane City 2-0 away from home. The two previous games ended in draws.

“I just can’t say enough about the character of these players,” said Barker after the victory over Pirates. “Their commitment, putting their bodies on the line and blocking shots . . .

“If you told me four years ago a football club from Stellenbosch will beat Pirates in an Absa Premiership match played at the Cape Town Stadium I’m not sure I would have believed you.

“To get back to back wins in the league is massive. Not conceding goals in the two matches that we won is once again testament to the growth in the club. The maturity within the club really makes me proud. What I saw in the game against Pirates gives me a lot of courage going forward.”

Stellenbosch Football Club’s next game is on Wednesday against AmaZulu. The next home game for SFC is on 9 November against Highlands Park.

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