Stellenbosch FC head coach Steve Barker says the club was forced to eventually release Kgaogelo Sekgota and Darrel Matsheke because they failed to improve on their behavior. 
Sekgota had spent just six months with the Cape Winelands side before his shock departure.
Matsheke, who had been an important player for Stellies this season, was released earlier this month.
Matsheke scored the winning penalty in the shootout as Stellenbosch won the Carling Knockout in December, which was their first major trophy in top-flight history.
The club’s statement confirmed that Matsheke was released because he broke the club’s internal code of conduct.
Speaking after the 6-1 demolition of Milford in the Nedbank Cup Round of 16 on Friday, Barker emphasized that the club tried to help both players before deciding to release them.
“One of our mottos as a club is more than football. So we’re there to support and help players, encourage them to be professional about what they do.

“In both instances, we were there to support and help the players and give them a sort of level of counselling and support throughout.
“Unfortunately sometimes you just reach a stage where you cannot continue with inexcusable behavior and the club has to make the stand,” Barker told the media.