Historic moment for SFC in Idas Valley
It was a historic moment for the Stellenbosch Football Club and its players on Sunday in Idas Valley.
SFC played its first home game since being under the ownership of the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS). The National First Division game against Mbombela United was played at the Idas Valley Sports Ground.
The result was 0-0. SFC had to play the whole of the second half with 10 players after Lelethu Skelem was judged diving in the goal area and received his second yellow card that automatically turned into a red card. The players did battle hard and fought until the end. The crowd had lots to cheer about even though the result did not go the way of the home team.
SFC coach Steve Barker was a relatively happy man after the match.
“We had several u23 players and four players who made their debut today. One of them was local Ashley du Preez. They will surely show their quality with time to come. The team showed so much commitment and courage to continue fighting until the very end. Mbombela asked some tough questions, but we managed to answer every time. Under the circumstances we will take the point, I just got the feeling that if we could have played with our full 11 we would have won this match. We defended well and Zungu Nkanyiso showed he is a quality player.”
With regards to the crowd he added: “We are delighted. This is a dream come true for many of the players, for the owners of club and the community. All we can do from our side as players and management is to show the commitment like we did today. Hopefully we can start rewarding the fans soon. It is truly a historic moment for professional football in Stellenbosch.”
Idas Valley local and captain on the day Lee Langeveldt said that he was unexpectedly nervous before the match. “I told the guys I am nervous to be back here – where I played as a kid – after being away for so long.”
SFC is currently 11th on the NFD log after four games. “We now have to regroup. One point from the last three games not good enough for what we want to achieve. We have to turn performances into results now,” said Barker.
The next game is on Tuesday (25 Sept) against Ubunto Cape Town in the Cape Town Stadium. Kickoff at 15:00.