Stellenbosch Football Club have been promoted to the Absa Premiership after they were declared National First Division Champions on Sunday.

Despite a goalless draw at home against Maccabi FC, Steve Barker’s team won the league finishing 3 points ahead of Royal Eagles, who lost 1-0 to relegated Ubuntu Cape Town at the same time.

Barker says it is a fantastic feeling to win the league and says credit must go to the players for the effort they put in this season.

Barker, who previously promoted University of Pretoria Football Club to the top tier, says having a strong foundation is key.

Barker says this success did not happen overnight, and they had come close in previous seasons. But this season with the added stability of a proper home base made the difference. – Report by Rob Delport