Barker: No pressure to beat Chiefs


Stellenbosch FC coach Steve Barker says Kaizer Chiefs are under pressure to achieve their own ambitions ahead of Sunday evening's crunch clash at Orlando Stadium.

Stellies have collected maximum points from their two matches since the season's restart inside the PSL bio-bubble, with their most recent scalp being that of Cape Town City.

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Chiefs now lay in wait this weekend as the log leaders look to continue their charge towards the Absa Premiership title, with second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns looking to defend their championship crown.

Barker feels this places the pressure solely on Amakhosi, who will be looking to extend their lead at the summit of the table to eight points after The Brazilians dropped more points against Maritzburg United on Friday.

"It's going to be a big battle, there are a number of teams in contention and we've got some difficult encounters coming up, starting with Chiefs on Sunday," said Barker.

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"That's not going to be easy for us, obviously they've got their own ambitions I believe, and we've got our own ambitions, so I think [the two wins] gave us a good foundation to go on Sunday.

"We know the pressure is not on us on the weekend, so we've just got to go there and give a good account of ourselves as we have done.

"And we can now open the dream to try and put some pressure on the teams above us and see if we can perhaps sneak into the top eight."

The Cape Winelands-based outfit, who are in their maiden season in the top flight, are currently in ninth spot and level on points with eight-placed Highlands Park.

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