Coach Barker Reveals Club’s Decision to Part Ways with Matsheke and Sekgota Due to Disciplinary Lapses After Nedbank Cup Progression

Stellenbosch FC head coach Steve Barker has spoken out regarding the departure of Darrel Matsheke and Kgaogelo Sekgota from the team, with reports suggesting disciplinary issues as the reason behind their exit.

Barker’s comments came after Stellenbosch’s impressive 6-1 victory over Milford FC at the Princess Magogo Stadium, securing their spot in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals.

Support and Disobedience

Responding to inquiries about the circumstances surrounding Matsheke and Sekgota’s departure, Barker explained that the club had provided support to the players while they were struggling with disciplinary matters.

Despite the club’s efforts to assist the players, Barker revealed that their disobedience persisted, leading to the decision to take a stand.

Club’s Commitment to Professionalism

Barker emphasized the club’s commitment to professionalism and support for its players, citing their motto of “modern football.”

He stressed that Stellenbosch FC aims to help players maintain professionalism in their conduct.

He acknowledged the efforts made by the club to counsel and support Matsheke and Sekgota but indicated that there comes a point where such behavior cannot be tolerated any longer.

Departures and Performances

Sekgota was the first to depart from the club in February, ending his seven-month stint with Stellenbosch.

During his time with the team, he made 17 appearances across various competitions and scored one goal.

Matsheke, who joined Stellenbosch in October after departing from Kaizer Chiefs, leaves the club with 12 appearances and one goal to his name.

He had previously spent a season on loan at Moroka Swallows.


The departure of Matsheke and Sekgota from Stellenbosch FC reflects the challenges faced by professional football clubs in managing player discipline.

Barker’s comments shed light on the club’s efforts to support its players while maintaining standards of professionalism.

The situation highlights the complexities of managing a football team, balancing support for players with the need to uphold club values and standards.

It also underscores the importance of communication and transparency in addressing such issues within the sporting environment.

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