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Stallions coach admits, ‘Stellies broke us’

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On Friday, the Stallions from KwaZulu-Natal were outrun, outperformed and outclassed by DStv Premiership side Stellies at the Princess Magogo Stadium in a Round of 16 clash.

Athenkosi Mcaba of Stellenbosch FC during 2024 Nedbank Cup Last 16 match between Milford FC and Stellenbosch FC at Princess Magogo Stadium on the 15 March 2024. Picture: Sydney Mahlangu, BackpagePix

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MILFORD FC chairman and coach Xanti Pupuma bowed at the feet of Stellenbosch FC after his team was on the wrong side of a 6-1 drubbing in the Nedbank Cup.

On Friday, the Stallions from KwaZulu-Natal were outrun, outperformed and outclassed by DStv Premiership side Stellies at the Princess Magogo Stadium in a Round of 16 clash.

Having beaten Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs in the previous round of the competition, interest in Milford’s Nedbank Cup journey rocketed as they prepared to take on Western Cape-based outfit Stellies.

However, whatever dreams the ABC Motsepe League side had harboured were knocked out of sight as Stellenbosch laid on them a serious beating eliminating them from the tournament.

Iqraam Rayners, surprisingly, failed to get his name on the score sheet but was the main protagonist in the onslaught as he walked away as the player of the match, having recorded four assists on the night.

Speaking to the media after the game, Pupuma admitted having been defeated by a far superior opposition, and even made comparisons to the difference between Stellies and Chiefs.

“They broke us, they found the lines, we trained the whole week trying to close those windows but they found them and that happens, it’s football. They showed their class and we have to accept that and not doubt the work that we’ve put in,” he said.

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