“We have to get the victory”, says Head Coach of Stellenbosch FC (SFC), Steve Barker ahead of their clash against old boys of the League, Kaizer Chiefs FC.
Stellenbosch FC take on a resurgent Kaizer Chiefs FC at the Danie Craven Stadium at 5pm tomorrow afternoon, in what is set up to be a mouth-watering affair between two camps experiencing contrasting emotions coming in to this one.
After a stable start to the new year, Stellenbosch FC suffered a blow at home when they lost to Baroka FC (2-3) mid-week, leaving Barkers men at 9th in the League standings and without a win in four.
“Everybody at the club is hurting. We looked for the positive result and were hoping for all three points but you get those days at the office where things just don’t go your way”, says Barker who has a quick turn-around in getting his troops ready to face an in-form Chiefs.
Barker says, “Yeah, they are coming off the back of three wins, so I am sure they are in a better space than they were a week back. But in saying that, it is a difficult league to get 4 wins in a row and conversely, we’re not a team that easily goes 4 games without a win.”
After suffering a 2-3 defeat to Baroka FC, Barker expects a reaction that shows resilience and intent going into the game against Chiefs.
“We need to bounce back on Saturday and there is no better occasion than playing Chiefs. It’s a great opportunity for us to reshow our intent and our competitiveness in this League.
We need to be positive in our approach and show that resilience which we have showed in the past.
We’ve got to believe. We know we have the capabilities in beating a team like Chiefs. It is important that we negate their strengths but also show our qualities with the ball – It needs to be balance of dealing with the threat of their attack and exposing their weaknesses at the back, we can’t just sit back, we must go out and get the three points”, says Barker.
Vice-Captain of SFC, Lee Langeveldt says, “At the end of the day it comes down to who wants it more. It’s 11 versus 11. It doesn’t matter who you play in this League because as you’ve seen, any team is beatable, so it’s about who wants it more. Saturday is an opportunity for us to showcase that desire, to showcase our competitiveness, to showcase who we are.”