Stellenbosch Football Club

Barker guarding against complacency ahead of Milford FC clash

Football 2024 Nedbank Cup Stellenbosch Fc Press Conference Lentelus Sports Complex

Steve Barker has warned his side to guard against complacency when they come up against second division side Milford FC in the Nedbank Cup Round of 16 on Friday.

Stellenbosch FC are set to travel to Durban this week where they will take on Motsepe Foundation Championship outfit Milford FC in the Nedbank Cup Round of 16 on Friday evening.

Speaking at the club’s media open on Wednesday ahead of the match, Stellies head coach Steve Barker revealed that he would be taking nothing for granted against the lower-league opponents.

“We’re excited to once again be involved in a cup competition,” Barker said.

“It’s always exciting and the Nedbank Cup is a massive trophy to play for. It’s the cup of dreams, and it’s nice to see teams like Milford FC reach this stage of the tournament after a giant-killing act in the last round.

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“For them, when you are playing in the lower division, there is no real pressure and you have nothing to lose. You’re on television and the occasion gives you a lift, and it’s an opportunity for the players to showcase their abilities

“I’m well aware of these type of matches and we experienced it against Pretoria Callies already this season, in a tough match that could have gone either way, so it’s important that we’re not complacent and don’t underestimate the opposition because if we do, it will be at our own peril.”

Kick-off for Friday’s match is at 19h00 at the Princess Magogo Stadium and the encounter will be televised live on SuperSport 202 and SABC Sport.