PROMOTIONAL PLAYOFFS - MATCH 4 PREVIEW

BAROKA FC vs STELLENBOSCH FC

The fourth of six matches in the Promotional Playoffs will be played at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday 10th June 2017 at 15h00 and pitch 15th placed PSL side Baroka FC up against 3rd placed NFD side Stellenbosch FC. It will be the third match for both sides and pitch the mini log leaders Baroka against the 2nd placed Cape side.

Both sides are unbeaten in the competition so far, but Baroka beat Black Leopards on Wednesday for the only win of the competition, while Stellenbosch FC have drawn both matches so far. The two teams drew 2 – 2 in Cape Town in Round 1 with the home side having to come from behind on both occasions to grab a point.

Only formed in 2007, Baroka have flattered their short history with some remarkable results. Winners of 2010/11 SAFA Division 2, Baroka also beat Moroka Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup that season before losing to Black Leopards on penalties in the semi-finals. Baroka finished behind Sivutsa Stars (now Royal Eagles) in the Inland Stream of the SAFA Playoffs. Baroka won the SAFA 2nd division title in the 2011/12 season and again in 2012/13. This time they won the SAFA Playoffs and were promoted to the NFD. After finishing 4th in the debut season and 9th in 2014/15, Baroka won the NFD title in the 2015/16 and were promoted to the PSL. They also beat three PSL sides (Chippa United, Golden Arrows and Polokwane City) in the Nedbank Cup on the way to a semifinal loss to Supersport United. Their 15th place finish means that they will compete against Stellenbosch FC and provincial rivals Black Leopards for their place in the top flight.

Stellenbosch FC were known as Vasco da Gama when they won the coastal stream of the NFD in the 2009/10 season beat Black Leopards in the Playoffs to earn promotion to the PSL. That promotion only lasted one season as Vasco finished 15th in the PSL and were again involved in the Playoffs. Once again their opponents were Leopards and Vasco lost 2 – 4 and were relegated back to the NFD. Vasco da Gama are no more having changed their name to Stellenbosch FC and they have another chance to make the big time over the next week.