Stellenbosch Football Club

Ahmed ‘honoured’ to captain Stellies’ Diski team


Shaakir Ahmed has revealed his pride at being named as Stellenbosch FC’s captain for the 2023/24 DStv Diski Challenge season.

Prior to last weekend’s DStv Diski Challenge season-opener against Chippa United, coaches Evangelos Vellios and Jason Rhoda named a dynamic trio of leaders to lead the team, with Shaakir Ahmed handed the captain’s armband.

Having joined the club in 2022, Ahmed will steer the leadership group this season ahead of vice captains Rijul Pillay and Simthandile Sishi, and he spoke on how he feels after being given the responsibility of being named captain.

“I am honoured to be named the captain of the DDC team for the 2023/24 season,” he said. “I feel that we have a really strong leadership group as well as a very special bunch of players, and I am really excited about what we can achieve as a team.”

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“I am very confident and excited for this season as I feel the coaches have put together a very versatile team with lots of different qualities. As long as we stay consistent throughout the season, and just follow the process, we will definitely be up there competing for the title at the end of the season.”

Ahmed captained the team to a 2-0 win over Chippa United last Saturday and the Diski team is set to face Cape Town City this weekend in the much anticipated Cape Derby at Malta Park on Sunday, 16 September 2023 at 10:00.