Register Login Scores

Mamelodi Sundowns

Stellies Coach Reveals ‘Secret’ To Beating Sundowns

Stellenbosch head coach Steve Barker has revealed the ‘secret’ behind his team’s surprise 3-0 thrashing of Mamelodi Sundowns in a DStv Premiership clash at Tuks Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday.

Ashley Du Preez scored a brace, while 21-year-old Jayden Adams netted the other goal as Stellies embarrassed Sundowns in their own backyard. 

Barker, beaming with pride has explained in detail his master plan that saw Stellies achieve a rare feat of defeating the league champions. The loss was Sundowns’ only third of the season and first in almost a year.

“When you play Sundowns, it starts with defending well; we had to do that. They are a team, if you give them too much time on the ball, they get comfortable,” Barker told the media.

“They don’t like a team that it is in their face and a bit aggressive in their defence, and we knew that they would leave a high line just the way they have possession so deep in our half that any time we had an opportunity was to play Ashly [Du Preez] in behind.

“We knew his pace would cause problems, which it did with the two goals. Obviously, our third goal was a bit of class from our youngster Adams, so I’m very proud of the effort.” 

The Stellies tactician also described the win as ‘special’ as it was the club’s maiden triumph over the former African champions.

“For the whole club, it’s a special day to have achieved what we’ve done with the youngsters. We played a role [in Sundowns not looking like Sundowns during the game]. We didn’t allow them to be the Sundowns they can be… They’re a club built on success, and winning is in their DNA.

“I don’t think they came out not wanting to win the game; I just felt that we played the situation really well. They ran out of ideas. I wouldn’t say we caught them on a bad day; we were just good.”

Barker’s troops have sealed a top-eight finish for the first time since they gained promotion to South Africa’s topflight in the 2018/19 campaign. 

Gordon Igesund reveals his thoughts on the dreaded relegation battles and the tension that goes along with it.

View The All-Time Top Scorers At PSL Clubs: 



Zwane On Doors Opening For Players At Chiefs

Benni's Message To Pirates

Confirmed: Coach & Player Of The Month Winners


Top 5

Downs Up The Ante In Nodada Pursuit?

89 Jul 04, 2022 09:01 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The Four Clubs CR7 Wants To Join Revealed?

1 Jul 05, 2022 08:28 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Teen Sensation Training With Chiefs?

21 Jul 04, 2022 01:54 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Arsenal's 10 Highest-Paid Players After Jesus Signing

Jul 04, 2022 09:24 PM in English Premier League

WATCH: Inside Sundowns' Pre-Season Medicals

17 Jul 04, 2022 11:55 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Official: Chiefs Confirm Another First-Team Departure

49 Jul 02, 2022 07:44 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Axed Chiefs Star Makes Big Zwane Claim

56 Jul 02, 2022 03:01 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

First Look Inside 'New' Pirates Pre-Season Preparations

9 Jul 01, 2022 08:00 PM in Orlando Pirates

Downs To Announce Good News On Zwane!

29 Jul 04, 2022 10:55 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Mane Breaks Silence On Liverpool Exit

7 Jun 22, 2022 09:29 AM in Bundesliga News

Report: Lukaku's Chelsea Exit Confirmed

Jun 22, 2022 08:25 AM in English Premier League

Decision To Be Made On Mmodi?

7 Jul 04, 2022 10:01 AM in Siyagobhoza