BARKER TAKES OVER DURBAN SIDE
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu and Nomvula Ndlovu
The newly appointed AmaZulu Football Club coach Steve Barker is confident that he will turn the club’s fortunes around.
Barker left the University of Pretoria club a few weeks ago to join the Durban based side, which is yet to claim a victory in the ABSA Premiership campaign.
The new Usuthu mentor is looking forward to his first game on Tuesday against his former side.
“We don’t care who we’re playing, we need a win,” he said. “We need to start afresh with a victory.”
Barker said that the next five games will either make or break the season for Usuthu.
He said, “It will be the biggest four weeks in our history- we will need to pick up points.”
The club has been failing to score goals but the new coach believes that they will be able to change that.
“I don’t think the team has played to their full potential- I do believe there are certain areas that have to be improved,” the former Tuks coach elaborated. “I think we need to address the amount of goals that have been conceded.”
The club’s marketing manager, Lunga Sokhela, said the management has faith that Barker will change the situation.
“We had a very poor start to the season. It was key for us to identify some problem areas,” he revealed. “One of those problem areas was the lack of a top and experienced coach.”
Barker started coaching in 2008 as Tuks coach and Usuthu management have revealed that they believe he’s the right man to change the situation.
Sokhela said, “We are very confident that with Steve’s experience, he can do the job for AmaZulu.”