Stellenbosch FC take on Mamelodi Sundowns FC at Loftus Versfeld Stadium this evening in what will be an emotional affair after the South African football fraternity mourns the death of former Bafana Bafana international and Sundowns player, Anele Ngcongca.
The club would like to convey its heartfelt condolences to the Ngcongca family and friends as well as the entire Masandawana family.
“Firstly, let me take this opportunity to express our deepest sympathies to the Ngcongca family and friends as well as everyone at Sundowns. Anele was a great servant to the game and will be sadly missed”, says Head Coach Steve Barker.
Stellenbosch FC go into this fixture off the back of an historic win at the Danie Craven Stadium last week after beating Chippa United FC two goals to nil.
“A moment the club will cherish forever”, says Barker, after his side recorded their first win at the clubs’ new home stadium.
Barker adds, “I thought it was a really good positive performance. I was well pleased with the result and its always good to take that kind of performance into the next game, especially against a team like Sundowns.
I love playing Sundowns, because in my opinion they are the best team in the league, and if you want to be the best, or be amongst the best, you have to compete with the best.
So, I think it’s a welcomed challenge for us and gives us the opportunity to see our growth and to see how far we’ve come.”
Robyn Johannes, SFC Captain says, “Yeah no look, we know this is a difficult fixture for us, Sundowns away is always going to be a tough battle, however, I think that if we believe and go into the fixture with confidence, we can definitely walk away with a positive result this evening.”
It was a dream home debut for both Junior Mendieta, who scored the sides opening goal against Chippa, and Phatutshedzo Nange who managed to rack up an assist, feeding his midfield partner Nathan Sinkala, who doubled the Stellies lead at the death of the game.
Nange says, “I’m always happy to help my team and contribute in whatever way I can. Sundowns will be a difficult task in that they are currently the best team in the league, and we respect that. We will have to approach the game differently but with a mentality that we can go out and get the result. This is the DStv Premiership after all, anything can happen.”