Sage Stephens on giving Stellies the credit they deserve

Sage Stephens on giving Stellies the credit they deserve

Stellenbosch FC’s number one goalkeeper Sage Stephens has reiterated calls that they don’t get the credit they deserve.

This comes, as the Stellies’ continue to enjoy their most successful season in top-flight football.

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Head coach Steve Barker’s team is now on a 13-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, they last lost a game in September last year, during a 3-1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns in the league.

It was also during this period that Stellies lifted their first trophy at the elite level when they beat TS Galaxy in the Carling Knockout final in December.

Stephens says even before winning this trophy they were doing well.

''It's funny you say that, the coach always says to us - that we don't get the credit we deserve. 

"When we won the cup, not much was said about it, so it's nice when people actually acknowledge what we're trying to achieve as a club,'' said Stephens.

Back in the 2020/21 season, Stellies survived a relegation battle dog fight on the last day of the season, Stephens looks back at how they managed to recover and become a top four and top six team, also competing for trophies in the seasons that have followed.

''One thing that the coach said is that - we must stick to what we do, and it will pay off one day. But from here going forward, we just try to get better in each and every game,'' added Stephens.

Meanwhile, Stephens has also commented on previous calls that he deserved a shout for a national team call-up.

Just before Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos announced his 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) squad, the name of Stephens was raised, but the 32 year-old says he will wait for his time to come.

 ''Yeah I heard one or two words about that. But it is not my decision, if that call comes I will be grateful but if it doesn't I will just continue put on performances that got me that recognition in the first place,'' he concluded

Last weekend, Stellies were taken all the way to the penalties by Motsepe Foundation Championship side Pretoria Callies but won the game 4-3 in the shootout after having played a one-all draw after extra time.

In the Nedbank Cup last 16 stage, Stellies have now been drawn against the Kaizer Chiefs slayers Milford FC, who also play in the same division and there’s no need to remind Stephens of what they can do.