Stellenbosch receive Mthethwa boost ahead of Royal AM clash

Stellenbosch FC will welcome back Sibongiseni Mthethwa from suspension when they take on Royal AM in the DStv Premiership.

The 28-year-old missed the 2-1 loss to Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium and Stellenbosch coach, Steve Barker, is delighted with his return.

“He has been integral to the way we do things and the way we play – he has had already good season,” Barker said.

“He is consistent week in and week out and gives us that steal and energy in midfield. He breaks down a lot of opposition attacks. He has the ability to progress the ball. It’s good to have him back.”

Stellies take on Royal AM at Chatsworth Stadium on Sunday and will be without goalkeeper Sage Stevens who picked up a red card against Kaizer Chiefs. Barker will rely on the experience of Lee Langeveldt.

“The advantage of having good depth in our goalkeeping department, because Lee [Langeveldt] is an accomplished goalkeeper. He is a club captain and he has served us very well since our NFD [National First Division] days.

“He is very reliable and he is one of the best shot stoppers in the country – he has a lot of leadership and quality.

“When you get into this point of the season, there are not too many tactics that one needs to be concentrating on. We have done the hard work and know what works for us as a team, we know our strengths are and we know what we need to be better.

“We just have to make sure that the finer details and fine tuning both defensively and attack.”
By Zola Doda

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