Stellenbosch Football Club

Barker: Mentality will be key against giant-killing Milford FC

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Steve Barker has insisted that his side will approach the Nedbank Cup Round of 16 clash against giant-killing Milford FC with the right attitude and mentality.

On Monday evening, Stellenbosch FC were drawn against National First Division side Milford FC in the Nedbank Cup Round of 16 after defeating Pretoria Callies in the previous stage of the competition earlier this month.

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Ahead of the encounter, Stellies head coach Steve Barker revealed that he and his charges will be taking nothing for granted against Milford after the lower-league opponents eliminated Kaizer Chiefs to advance to the next round.

“We’re looking forward to the match against Milford FC,” Barker said.

“They are obviously coming off of a high after defeating Kaizer Chiefs so I believe they’ll see that giant-killing act as an opportunity to do so again against Stellenbosch.

“They have a home draw and I’m sure it will be an exciting prospect for them to host us, but we understand that to win a trophy you have to overcome many different obstacles, challenges, and opponents, as we already saw in our previous match against Pretoria Callies.

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“It can be tricky to play teams from the lower divisions so it’s important for us to approach the game with the right mentality and attitude, and with the confidence and belief that it’s an opportunity for us to get into another cup quarter-final.”

“We’re pleased with the draw but we will not underestimate our opponents.”

The match between Stellenbosch FC and Milford FC is set to take place during the week of 12-17 March 2024, although final fixture details are yet to be confirmed. Further information in this regard will be communicated in due course.