Stellenbosch Football Club

Langeveldt: We believe we can beat anyone

Stellenbosch FC captain Lee Langeveldt believes the club is capable of ‘beating anyone’ ahead of Sunday’s Nedbank Cup quarter-final against Sekhukhune United,

Stellies are set to play host to Sekhukhune United at the Danie Craven Stadium on Sunday evening in what will be the club’s first-ever semi-final appearance in the Nedbank Cup.

The winner of the highly-anticipated encounter will book their spot in the final of this year’s showpiece competition where they will meet Orlando Pirates, who earlier on Saturday defeated Soweto derby rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the other last-four clash.

Speaking at the club’s media press conference on Friday, captain Lee Langeveldt backed his side to beat either of the remaining teams in the competition, including Sunday’s opponents who Stellenbosch have never previously defeated.

“We believe we can beat anyone,” Langeveldt said. “We owe it to Pirates and Chiefs, and to Sekhukhune United. We drew the first game against [the latter] earlier this season and lost the second, so we definitely want to beat them.

“We, as a team, like challenges,” he added. “I think if you want to improve you need to challenge yourself. Sekhukhune United are a good, experienced team with players who have won cups, but even in our team are good, experienced players who have won cups.

“It will be a good challenge. They are a good attacking team, who are strong at the back. We are strong going forward and at the back as well, so I think it will be a good match-up.”

The 36-year-old goalkeeper also stressed Stellies desire to add silverware to the trophy cabinet and called on the club’s supporters to come out in their numbers in support at the Danie Craven Stadium.

“Like I always say, as a club, we strive to win things, and while we haven’t won the league, the cup is definitely something we want to win. We are in the semi-final now, one step closer to the final, and we will fight to get there,” Langeveldt continued.

“Every season, one of our goals is to win a cup. Since winning promotion, it’s been something we strive to do and will continue to do so, so it’s definitely one of our goals to win the cup.

“At any stadium, we go out to win games. We did it at Athlone Stadium and I think it’s about time we do it, especially in the cup, at home at the Danie Craven Stadium, in front of our supporters. I think having our home supporters here at the DC will add a lot more motivation here for us.”