Stellenbosch Football Club (SFC) is making waves as the first Stellenbosch based football team to earn a place in the Absa Premiership or Premier Soccer League (PSL), the highest division of the South African football league system.
After the team secured the top spot in the National First Division Championship in the 2018/2019 season, they were automatically promoted to the PSL for the 2019/2020 season. The club was established in 2016, and the Coetzenburg Stadium is their home turf.
Tony Zwane, who plays fullback for the team, said that he was over the moon when the team got promoted to the PSL. “It took a lot of sacrifice, unity, honesty, hard work, believing in our process and trusting God to lead the way.” The team stayed on top of the league table for 23 weeks before securing promotion in a 0-0 draw against Johannesburg based Maccabi FC in the final game of the National First Division Championship.
Coach Steven Barker says that the team wants to play in the big stadiums against the best players, and now that they have achieved their goal they can do just that. Captain Jarrod Moroole said the promotion is a big moment for the team.
“This team did a great job, and we are just grateful for everyone
involved in the club, but also for the fans. We did this together as a
family,” he said. The club was purchased by the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS) in 2018. Rob Benadie, thenCEO of SAS, said that their main objective was to help young football players to pursue soccer after school, and to create a local team of which the community can be proud.
SFC did not expect to be promoted in the first season under the new owners.The club aims to give back to the community through social upliftment, and to inspire young football players in the Winelands area.