Stellenbosch FC must get more possession to beat Pirates – Barker

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Stellenbosch FC host Orlando Pirates this Saturday in the Absa Premiership, just seven days after losing 1-0 to Pirates in the Telkom Knockout at the Orlando Stadium.

Saturday’s game will be played at the Cape Town Stadium, and the recently-promoted side will be hoping that home advantage can change their fortunes against the Buccaneers.

After making seven changes for the Cup game, Stellenbosch coach Steve Barker says he is likely to revert back to a lot of the players who have been playing in the league this season.

Barker says the exercise of giving fringe players a run was worth it, and he says not only did they get some experience, but it also was a reminder to the first-choice players that they cannot be complacent.

The former Tuks and AmaZulu FC coach says that for Stellenbosch to get a result they need to get more possession of the ball.

Barker feels they also need to deal with Pirates’ pressing game. While Ashley Du Preez and Chade Roman remain long-term injuries, Barker says he is likely to welcome back Mexican Diego Franco from injury for this game. – Report by Rob Delport