Stellenbosch FC will play in their first ever Telkom Knockout competition this season, and will begin the challenge with a tough away last 16 game against Orlando Pirates.

The two teams meet this Saturday evening at the Orlando Stadium in the cup, and will play again the following week, when they meet in the league in Cape Town.

For Stellenbosch FC coach Steve Barker the league game is the priority, but sees Saturday’s game as a great opportunity to give a few opportunities to some of his less experienced players.

Barker feels that the pressure for this game is all on Pirates, and while the Soweto team go in as strong favourites, Barker feels his team could surprise.

The former AmaTuks coach says that there has been a good energy in camp, and the players are all excited to play in the cup for the first time.

Barker says that Ryan Moon picked up a knock at training earlier this week, and he is still in two minds whether he will risk him on Saturday.

While they have resumed training Barker says Chade Roman, Ashley Du Preez and Bongane Mathabela are the only other three players unlikely to be available. – Report by Rob Delport