Stellenbosch FC will get their inaugural Carling Knockout campaign underway this weekend with a trip to Gqeberha where they will take on Chippa United.
Steve Barker’s side will return to action following the recently-concluded FIFA international break to take on Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Carling Knockout Round of 16.
Stellies head into the encounter on the back of a comprehensive 3-0 DStv Premiership win over TS Galaxy earlier this month and will be hoping to continue that form against their opponents from the Eastern Cape.
Saturday’s highly-anticipated cup clash will be the ninth meeting between the two coastal sides across all competitions and the latest installment of a fixture that has historically proven to be a difficult one to predict.
Stellenbosch have won three and drawn three of the previous eight outings, while Chippa United have won twice, but it was the team from the Cape Winelands who emerged victorious most recently following a 2-1 league win in Gqeberha last season.
Iqraam Rayners was on the scoresheet that day, in what was his second debut for the Maroons, and returns to fitness ahead of this weekend’s clash following a brief spell on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury.
Previous meetings between Stellenbosch FC and Chippa United:
04/02/23: Chippa United 1-2 Stellenbosch FC
30/12/22: Stellenbosch FC 1-1 Chippa United
17/04/22: Chippa United 1-0 Stellenbosch FC
25/09/21: Stellenbosch FC 2-1 Chippa United
01/05/21: Chippa United 1-0 Stellenbosch FC
21/11/20: Stellenbosch FC 2-0 Chippa United
28/08/20: Stellenbosch FC 1-1 Chippa United
03/08/19: Chippa United 0-0 Stellenbosch FC
Previous matches: 8 | SFC Wins: 3 | Draws: 3 | SFC Defeats: 2 | Goals scored: 8 | Goals against: 6 | Goal difference: +2
Kick off for Saturday’s match is scheduled for 15h00. Travelling supporters hoping to attend the encounter can purchase their tickets for R50.oo from Ticketpro outlets nationwide or online.