CAPE TOWN – The jump from the National First Division (NFD) to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) is not an easy one, but rookies Stellenbosch FC are determined to make an impact when they make their top-flight debut against Chippa United at Coetzenburg Stadium on August 3.
Shortly after winning the NFD title to secure automatic promotion to the PSL, Stellenbosch coach Steve Barker was adamant there wouldn’t be too many changes to the squad. He said he had a lot of promising youngsters in the team and he wanted to allow them the opportunity to continue their progress at a higher level of football.
He did, however, add that he wanted to bring in some experience in certain areas, which is why the Cape Winelands club announced on Thursday that they had signed Dutch goalkeeper Boy de Jong.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper has played for Feyenoord, Excelsior, PEC Zwolle, Telstar and Anderlecht. Not only will he beef up the goalkeeping department for Stellenbosch, but his European experience will be an influential factor.
Stellenbosch have followed neighbours Cape Town City in this regard, in that Dutch goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh was brilliant for the Citizens in last season’s PSL campaign.