Stellies await fate after playoff exit

Stellenbosch FC management and players will have to wait until after a board meeting scheduled for the next days to hear of their immediate future after the club failed to win promotion to the Absa Premiership.

“The meeting is in the next day or two and then we’ll get feedback. And you know in this game until such time as things, let’s say, have a stamp of approval …

"So we are waiting for the board to come back and tell us what their assessment, first of all, of this season is and what the plan is going forward,” said coach Sammy Troughton after the 3-1 loss in their last play-off game at home to Black Leopards at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town on Wednesday night.

“We put in young faces to freshen it up a bit and I thought overall they done well. Again, defensively is where we were punished for sloppy decision making. Taking risks at the back... and we spoke about this before the game ... has been costly to us in these play-offs,” the Stellenbosch coach added.

“If I’m going to be politically correct, I think these play-offs have been unkind to us with some of the decisions but you have to have the character as a team, to push on and not let these things affect you. We were maybe a little soft in that respect. The heads went down when the decisions went against us and I’m hoping that it is at least a learning curve for some of the younger players in the squad.

“It could be the case that the play-offs came one season too soon for some of the players in the squad but we tried to believe, to prepare to get promotion but when you look at it, Baroka scored six goals and kept clean sheets, Leopards have come right at the right time and it’s going to be a hell of a game at the weekend and we weren’t up to that level, unfortunately, at this particular stage, in our development,” said Troughton.