Stellenbosch’s title chase off to a good start
STELLENBOSCH FC remain at the summit of the National First Division after beating Cape Town All Stars 1-0 at Athlone Stadium on Friday.
Former Santos rightwinger Tshepo Mabua broke the deadlock in the 80th minute for his second goal of the campaign.
Stellenbosch, who contested last season’s promotion playoffs, remain unbeaten with a record of three wins and two draws for a total of 11 points.
They have a healthy fourpoint cushion over All Stars, who have now lost two on the bounce, their unbeaten threegame run ended at home when beaten 3-1 by Mpumalangabased Mbombela United in the previous round, this after Igugu Lekapa went into the break leading 1-0.
Cape Town-based All Stars could well find themselves dropping many places down the 15-team log at the completion of yesterday’s fifth round.
It was Stellenbosch’s first triumph over All Stars at the seventh attempt; they’ve lost two of six previous meetings to go with four stalemates.
Formerly known as Vasco da Gama, Stellenbosch began their current campaign with a 2-1 derby victory over winless Ubuntu Cape Town (formerly known as FC Cape Town), then played out two 1-1 draws with KwaZulu-Natal rivals Uthongathi FC and Royal Eagles, before downing Black Leopards of Limpopo 2-1.
For Stellenbosch’s Lesotho-born coach Steve Barker, it has been a promising start to his tenure but he will know that nothing less than winning promotion to the Premier Soccer League will do; last season he was assistant coach to Sammy Troughton, and it was a failure to gain promotion to the PSL that led to Troughton and the club parting ways.
Ubuntu Cape Town take on former PSL side Jomo Cosmos today searching for a first win after playing out three draws and a loss, leaving coach Roger Links and his charges third-bottom on the standings, above Eagles and basement dwellers Richards Bay FC.