PSL club slams French rumours


Stellenbosch FC have had to put several reports of coaching changes to bed, with the latest being that of Frenchman Bernard Casoni.

Reports in France suggest Stellies have turned to Casoni to take charge of the first team next season after they secured their top flight status recently.

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The 58-year-old former Marseille defender was last in charge of Algerian side MC Algiers, where he left his post in December last year, after previously leading Ligue 1 FC Lorient in the 2016/17 campaign.

According to, he has signed a two-year deal with a further one-year option.

However, general manager of the Western Cape outfit Garth Le Roux has poured cold water on the rumours while reenforcing the club's backing of Steve Barker, who guided them from the First Division to the Premiership last season.

"The club can categorically deny that this rumour is not true. After reaching the mandate and primary objective of retaining our status, there's no thoughts of replacing coach Steve Barker," Le Roux said in response to's enquiry. 

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"He, together with his whole technical team, has done a fantastic job this season. We are positive that they can even do better next season."

Stellenbosch, who are sponsored by French sportsware manufacturers Le Coq Sportif, are currently on the brink of a top eight spot, level on points with eighth-placed Bloemfontein Celtic and ninth-placed Highlands Park, with two games remaining.