Stellenbosch Barker Sundowns

Steve Barker at the Athlone Stadium during Stellenbosch FC vs Mamelodi Sundowns. Image: BackpagePix

Stellenbosch coach sends message to Sundowns

It’s been well-documented. Big DStv Premiership clubs are keeping close tabs on Stellenbosch FC players. Steve Barker has responded.

Stellenbosch Barker Sundowns

Steve Barker at the Athlone Stadium during Stellenbosch FC vs Mamelodi Sundowns. Image: BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns are set to say goodbye to a couple of players, before announcing a further group of new signings. Stellenbosch FC will not make it easy to buy their players.


According to Barker, the best direction for the 23-year-old Jayden Adams is somewhere abroad, rather than Sundowns in Tshwane.

“I don’t see any reason why a player like Jayden should go to any other club in the country. [That’s] because we are as competitive as any other club,” Barker said via FARPost.

“In cases like Jayden and Olwethu [Makhanya], for example, if they get better opportunities to play at a higher level, we need to let them go. We can’t be selfish and want to keep players that have the talent to play in Europe to stay.

“He’s on the right trajectory in terms of remuneration and his growth in the team. One thing about Jayden is that he just loves playing football. He doesn’t want to know what regeneration or recovery is. The next day after a match, he wants to train, and he’ll say he will take it easy. Going to a team perhaps where he won’t play as regularly, I don’t think it’s the right move,” Barker concluded.


As always, we will see a few new faces at Mamelodi Sundowns next season, so will be new but not entirely brand new. Malebogo Modise is returning to Kabo Yellow after a loan stint with Chippa United.

Modise joined Kabo Yellow at junior level after leaving his home of Mahikeng, North West very young. Once known as “Bale,” Modise has loaned to JRD StarsMaritzburg United and of course Chippa United last season.

According to iDiski Times, Modise is going back to Sundowns after a wonderful loan season with the Chilli Boys in Gqeberha.

“Malebogo Modise, who was on a season-long loan at Chippa United will return to his mother club Mamelodi Sundowns,” the report said.

“With the player’s contract set to expire at the end of this month, June 30, Modise will return to Sundowns, though United are thought to be keen on retaining him for another season, having put in a great shift during his brief spell at the Gqeberha-based outfit.

“With Downs having the likes of international trio – Terrence Mashego, Aubrey Modiba, and Abdelmounain Boutouil in that position, the ever-hard-working left-back could well be set for an extended stay at Chippa,” the report added.