Cape side eyes weaker Chiefs, Pirates


Stellenbosch are gearing up for the completion of the 2019/20 season and salivating at their two fixtures against Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Following a four-month suspension due to the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, PSL football is finally set to resume at the start of August, should all go accordingly.

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Plenty of excitement awaits over the Absa Premiership title race, while the fights to avoid relegation and a top-eight spot should also make for interesting viewing.

For 11th-placed Stellies, their remaining six fixtures could see them play a major roll in deciding both ends of the table, and they are particularly relishing clashes against big guns Chiefs and Pirates, who will be without supporters in the Gauteng 'bio-bubble'.

"Wherever we play, we have to be ready for the challenge. It's as difficult for all the teams, and fortunately the four teams in and around us are all coastal-based teams – Chippa, Cape Town City, AmaZulu and Golden Arrows," Barker told the SA Football Journalists' Association.

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"So, playing up in Gauteng is not going to give them an advantage, and we do also have Chiefs and Pirates that we still have to play in the remaining six games.

"We're used to playing where you can hear the kit-man putting the boots back in the change-room after a substitution, so it'll be interesting to see how teams like Chiefs and Pirates cope without their 12th man behind them.

"We're looking forward to the last few games. I've set out a challenge to my players that we've got to come out and be the best team in these six matches, and there's no reason why we cannot be."

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