Stellies' glorious season continues, 19 games unbeaten as another Soweto giant bites the dust

Stellies' glorious season continues, 19 games unbeaten as another Soweto giant bites the dust

Stellenbosch FC’s impressive run in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) is in full swing and they continued with their remarkable unbeaten streak extending it to 19 matches after deservedly beating Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 at FNB stadium on Tuesday night.

On-form attacker Devon Titus scored the only goal in last night’s game, and it came via the Chiefs left channel of Sifiso Hlanti, which they had been raiding throughout the night. 

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Stellies have not lost a game since their 3-1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns in September last year and head coach Steve Barker has given credit to the players.

''I just can not speak highly enough of this group of players, I think it's 19 games unbeaten, 15 wins - this is a massive result for us. Just solidifying our position with just 9 games to play,'' said Braker.

Stellies have now beaten the two Soweto giants Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in their backyards in the league this season.

 With this win, Stellies also extended their cushion on the second spot for that lucrative second CAF Champions League position to four points ahead of another on-form team Sekhukhune United.

Reflecting on what has been a great season so far, including the club’s first silverware in the topflight with the Carling Knockout, Barker was asked if they have over-achieved this season.

''There has been quite a number of changes to our squad towards the beginning of the season and we lost key players, and if you go back to the log table you back to 6/7 games we were not in the strongest position, but we then found our mojo - so now it's about remaining consistent,''  added Barker.

One of Stellenbosch's strengths this season is to have goals coming from all over the pitch in terms of their squad and the maturity of their players, from Titus, Devon Van Rooyen, and Fawaaz Basadien to impact players like Antonio Van Wyk.

The impressive run of the past six months has also seen players like Jayden Adams and Iqraam Rayners establishing themselves in the rejuvenated Bafana Bafana squad. Barkers talks about this happy camp.

After having lost the last four matches against Chiefs, Barker won his second game against Amakhosi at FNB stadium since he promoted Stellies in 20118.

With the once-mighty cup kings showing serious signs of struggling, the former AmaZulu and AmaTuks coach has an interesting observation about them.