Stellenbosch's Iqraam Rayners not sale, amid growing interest
Stellenbosch's Iqraam Rayners not sale, amid growing interest

Stellenbosch's Iqraam Rayners not sale, amid growing interest

​Iqraam Rayners has become one of the hottest properties in the National First Division after scoring a total of 19 goals to help Stellenbosch to automatic promotion to the Absa Premiership.

Rayners has garnered interest from several Premier Soccer League clubs but head coach Steve Barker has made it clear that the youngster will not be departing from the club anytime soon. 

“We will hold onto him and he wants to be here.

"He’s committed to the club‚ this is where he is happy.

“You know some players like to move a lot but I think he is happy where he is‚,” said Barker.

“Credit to the man‚ he’s probably the top goal scorer in South Africa over the last two seasons.”

The 23-year-old found the back of the net 11 times for Stellenbosch last season in the National First Division and his tally of 19 for this campaign was just three away from the league’s record.

“That’s fantastic for a player who wasn’t a striker.

"His pace and technique has been quality for us.”

Barker signed Rayners from Santos‚ where he had played in the right-back position.

Rayners spent three seasons at Santos in the NFD in defence but the Stellenbosch coach was quick to spot his ability in front of goals.

Rayners is also said to be the club’s set-piece specialist at corners‚ freekicks and penalties.

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