Stellenbosch FC coach Steve Barker encouraging fans to come out in their numbers as they push for automatic promotion


Stellenbosch FC coach Steve Barker says his players are calm heading into a crucial weekend for the National First Division leaders.

The Cape-based side takes on Maccabi on the final day of the season on Sunday and a victory would secure automatic promotion for the side

Stellenbosch are top of the standings on 55 points, and would like to finish off what has been an impressive season with a victory that will take them to the land of milk and honey in the Absa Premiership, where the monthly grant from the league is way more than what it is in the second tier.  

"We are approaching the game like we would for any league game," Barker tells

"One more big push, one more game to get over the line. We just need to remain calm, remain composed and go there with the will to perform well."

Barker, who was the head coach when University of Pretoria FC won promotion to the Absa Premiership in the 2011/2012 season, says he expects a tough game against the 10th placed Maccabi FC, a side that will be playing without any pressure as they are safe from relegation.

"Maccabi have achieved safety, they've achieved their target. They will come play freely, it will be a different game."

Kickoff at Idas Valley Sports Ground is 15h00 and gates will open at 14h00, while tickets for the grand stand are R20 and kids get in for R10.

"We want the fans to come out for the one final push, and they must be vocal also.

"There's a lot of factors that played a role in our good season. The desire to be in the highest level in the country also pushed us," adds Barker.