'The point is good reward for hard work'

Premiership

Stellenbosch FC coach Steve Barker hailed the commitment shown by his charges after the 1-1 draw with Kaizer Chiefs.

Stellies opened the scoring in the 35th minute through man-of-the-match Leletu Skelem before Lazarous Kambole scored his first goal for Chiefs to equalise in the 69th minute.

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In three matches since the restart, Stellies have now picked up two wins and a draw, taking them to ninth position on the standings. And Barker was full of praise for side's whole-hearted display.

"I's a massive point for us seeing as the result in the first round between us was 4-0," Barker told SuperSport TV.

"It's good reward for the hard work we've put in to now come here and get a point against the log leaders. I'm very proud of the effort, commitment and focus of the boys.

"It wasn't the best game out of football. There was a lot of direct play out there

"We had to try be nice and compact and then hopefully on transition we could punish them. Right at the end Ashley du Preez missed a great opportunity so it could have been different.

"We were just struggling to get the second. But at least we're scoring. That's the one positive. It would have been nice for us to get the second goal to take the pressure off.

"We were let ourselves down a bit with the goal. But I can't fault the effort.

"We were aware Nathan [Sinkala] was carrying a tight groin. We wanted to see that he could at least play one half today. Unfortunately he had to come off before half-time but at least we have till Friday for him to recover."

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