Stellenbosch FC coach Steve Barker believes Tuesday’s DSTV Premiership encounter against Kaizer Chiefs will be the club’s biggest test to their remarkable unbeaten run. Barker has his charges have now played eight league matches without tasting defeat, and the next game will be a big challenge.
“They seem to have turned the corner, and I believe the confidence is also high with some of the high profile players starting to have an impact,” Barker said ahead of their fifth away game in nine league matches.
One of the high profile players that Barker refers to in the Kaizer Chiefs line-up is Keegan Dolly. The left-footed midfielder has found his mojo in the black and gold, carrying Chiefs to two wins in their last two games. Everything positive in Chiefs’ play in the last couple of games has been going through the former Mamelodi Sundowns man. Barker is aware of the danger posed by Dolly.
“He’s showing the quality that he has, and everyone knows. We can’t allow him the freedom and space, especially in the final third. But it’s not only him, the movement of their front three is really good, and they’ve got good quality midfielders. Defensively, they are solid. It’s signs of a team that are well coached that is starting to show at Chiefs. There’s a number of players that we have to be aware of, but yes, Keegan does pose a big threat for us,” explained Barker as he broke all the aspects that seem to be working for Kaizer Chiefs lately.
Bernard Parker and Zimbabwean Khama Billiat have been putting in big shifts for the Stuart Baxter coached Soweto based giants, with the afore-mentioned Dolly supplying ammunition and hitting the target himself. It will certainly be a big challenge for second-placed Stellenbosch.
“We have to look at it as a challenge to see how far we have come as a team. The players that have been playing consistently for the team are all ready and looking forward to this match,” said Barker ahead of the 15:30 kickoff at FNB Stadium on Tuesday.
A side-note to this encounter will be the Soweto Derby that is always at the back of all players that turn out for Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. The PSL is possibly getting fans into the stadium for that crunch encounter, and Stuart Baxter will cut his work, keeping players focused on ending Stellenbosch FC’s unbeaten run.