Since their promotion to the DStv Premiership in the 2018/19 season, Stellenbosch FC has supplied talented players to some of Gauteng’s biggest clubs. These players have either come from the club’s esteemed academy or have been recruited through their extensive networking system. This modus operandi has allowed them to bring in phenomenal talents over the years. This season, Gauteng’s biggest clubs, including Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, and Mamelodi Sundowns, have once again shown interest in Stellenbosch FC’s players.
In the last three seasons, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns, in particular, have successfully recruited some of Stellenbosch FC’s best talent. Players like Ashley Du Preez, Zitha Kwinika, and Sibongiseni Mthethwa have switched their allegiance to these clubs. Similarly, Junior Mendieta has moved from Stellenbosch FC to Mamelodi Sundowns and has already achieved success with his new team.
Insiders have revealed that players like Deano Van Rooyen, Sage Stephens, Jayden Adams, Fawaaz Basadien, Iqraam Rayners, and Thabo Maloisane have attracted interest from the well-supported Gauteng clubs. These players have been instrumental in guiding Stellenbosch FC to their maiden top-flight trophy, the Carling Knockout, and have now caught the attention of the Gauteng counterparts.
It is believed that Kaizer Chiefs are interested in Stephens, Rayners, Maloisane, Basadien, Antonio Van Wyk, and Adams. Mamelodi Sundowns are keen on Basadien and Adams, while Orlando Pirates have earmarked Maloisane, Van Rooyen, and Adams.
Stellenbosch FC has been astute in conducting their business when it comes to transfers and ensuring that they are not intent on losing their best players for free. The club has offered new contracts to some players and has exercised options on others. Talks are also ongoing for a new deal for Stephens, while Van Rooyen and Rayners are tied down to long-term contracts.