It was a campaign to remember for Stellenbosch FC after the club reached a first-ever Nedbank Cup semi-final and finished sixth in the DStv Premiership standings. Here are 51 facts from the season that has passed.
Iqraam Rayners became the first Stellenbosch FC player to win the DStv Premiership Player of the Month award, winning back-to-back accolades for the months of February / March and April 2023.
Iqraam Rayners scored six braces during the second half of the 2022/23 season.
Three Stellenbosch FC players won awards at the 2022/23 PSL awards ceremony – Iqraam Rayners as the Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament, Olwethu Makhanya as the Young Player of the Tournament, and Mervin Boji as the DStv Diski Challenge Top Goalscorer.
Sibongiseni Mthethwa became the fourth Stellenbosch FC player to represent Bafana Bafana during the September international break, following on from Athenkosi Mcaba, Antonio van Wyk, and Jayden Adams.
Mervin Boji scored five goals for Stellenbosch FC’s Diski side in their 5-1 over Kaizer Chiefs
Iqraam Rayners scored six goals in four matches en route to winning the Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament award. He is also the first player to score in six consecutive matches for the club (all competitions).
The No. 7 jersey was not used during the 2022/23 DStv Diski Challenge in honour of Devin Titus’ role in the club’s 2021/22 title-winning campaign.
Junior Mendieta recorded a league-high eight assists in the DStv Premiership. Stellenbosch qualified for the MTN 8 for the second season in a row.
The nine goals scored in the club’s 6-3 Nedbank Cup Round of 16 win over TS Galaxy in March was the most in a goal involving Stellenbosch FC.
The club ended the league season with a record of 10 wins, 10 draws, and 10 defeats.
Stellenbosch FC fielded 11 U-23 players during the 2022/23 season.
The club’s DStv Diski Challenge side won 12 matches in their domestic campaign.
A total of 13 different players found the back of the net for Stellenbosch FC this season.
Junior Mendieta and Iqraam Rayners became the club’s joint-record goal scorers in the DStv Premiership with 14 goals apiece.
Rayners ended the season as Stellenbosch FC’s leading goalscorer with 15 goals in just 14 appearances across all competitions.
An U-21 representing Stellenbosch FC made a 16 000-kilometre round trip to Mumbai, India to take part in the 2023 Premier League Next Generation Cup.
Junior Mendieta played a hand in 17 goals in the DStv Premiership this season (nine goals and eight assists). Only Orlando Pirates’ Monnapule Saleng (19) was more involved.
Olwethu Makhanya become the club’s youngest-ever goalscorer in the DStv Premiership when he scored at the age of 18 years, 11 months, and 30 days against Golden Arrows. Mervin Boji won the DStv Diski Challenge Top Goalscorer award with 18 goals for the season.
Olwethu Makhanya’s maiden goal for the club came just one day before his 19th birthday.
Four players aged 20 or younger scored for Stellenbosch FC in the DStv Premiership this season.
Seven players aged 21 or younger scored for Stellenbosch FC in the DStv Premiership this season.
At the age of 22, Jayden Adams is the youngest player to surpass the 75-game milestone for Stellenbosch FC in the DStv Premiership.
Stellenbosch FC had five players called up to the most recent South Africa national U-23 squad.
Stellenbosch FC ended Mamelodi Sundowns’ 24-match unbeaten with a 2-1 Nedbank Cup quarter-final victory on 15 April 2023.
The club retired the No. 25 jersey in honour of the late Oshwin Andries following his tragic death in February 2023.
At the age of 26 years, 3 months, and 11 days, Deano van Rooyen became Stellenbosch FC’s all-time record appearance. He has played 124 matches for the club in total.
On 27 April 2023, the club played in its first-ever Nedbank Cup semi-final against Sekhukhune United.
On 28 August 2022, the club played in its first-ever MTN 8 Cup against Kaizer Chiefs.
Iqraam Rayners scored 29.4% of Stellenbosch FC’s goals this season, despite only re-joining the club in the January transfer window,
Devin Titus was the only player who featured in every DStv Premiership match for Stellenbosch FC this season (30 matches).
Rounding up, Stellenbosch FC have scored 31 league goals (30.75) per season since the club’s promotion in 2019.
Iqraam Rayners’ record of 14 goals in 32 DStv Premiership matches for Stellenbosch FC, across two spells, is the most prolific return of goals for the club in the competition.
Stellenbosch FC scored 33.3% of their DStv Premiership goals in the 15 minutes immediately after half-time, the most productive period for the club,
Devin Titus and Sibongiseni Mthethwa featured in a club-high 34 matches across all competitions for the season.
Stellenbosch FC have won 35 matches in the DStv Premiership since the club’s promotion to the topflight in 2019.
At 36 years, 6 months, and 10 days, captain Lee Langeveldt was the oldest player to feature for the club this season.
Qobolwakhe Sibande recorded a top running speed of over 37 km/h.
On average, the club’s first goal in DStv Premiership matches was scored in the 38th minute of games this season.
Stellenbosch FC scored a club-record 39 goals in the DStv Premiership.
Stellenbosch FC achieved the 40-point mark in the DStv Premiership for the second campaign in a row, having tallied 47 points last season.
A total of 41.1% of the club’s DStv Premiership goals were scored in the first half of matches.
On average, the club conceded its first goal in DStv Premiership matches in the 42nd minute of games this season.
Stellenbosch FC conceded 43 goals this season compared to 51 goals scored, a positive goal difference of +8.
Stellenbosch FC picked up 44 yellow cards during the 2022/23 DStv Premiership campaign.
Stellenbosch FC scored 45.5% of their Nedbank Cup goals in the 15 minutes immediately after half-time, the most productive period for the club.
Following goals from Junior Mendieta, Ibraheem Jabaar, and Andre de Jong, foreign players have now scored a combined 46 goals for Stellenbosch FC
Sibongiseni Mthethwa has made 47 appearances for Stellenbosch FC. He is next in line to reach the 50-game milestone for the club among players from the current squad.
Sihle Nduli scored the club’s first-ever MTN8 goal in the 48th minute of the quarter-final encounter against Kaizer Chiefs.
Waseem Isaacs and Stanley Dimgba both departed Stellenbosch FC at the start of the season with 49 appearances for the club to their names.
Iqraam Rayners became the first player to score 50 career goals for Stellenbosch FC across all competitions. Devin Titus scored the club’s 50th goal of the season on the final day win over TS Galaxy.
Stellenbosch FC scored 51 goals across all competitions during the 2022/23 campaign.