Barker calls for calm on Usuthu debutants


New strikers Zaid Patel and Siyabonga Nomvethe’s involvement in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Vasco Da Gama was met with keen eyes at Prince Magogo Stadium as supporters saw the two for the first time in AmaZulu colours.

While Nomvethe started and bagged the third goal when he converted a second half penalty, Patel got the assist for the fourth goal after his late introduction into the game.

A small fraction of supporters showed some impatience following the tall striker’s opening touches during the game, and some fans even started booing him.

“Patel knows that he’s off the match sharpness. When you haven’t played for eight weeks you know it’s not easy. He had an assist on the fourth goal, and a couple of headers in the game,” said Barker.

The 22 year old striker, who has turned out for Bidvest Wits and Chippa United, was on the late stages of recovering from a fractured bone on his heel prior to his move to the Durban based club.

“Obviously there’s still a lot of work to be done on his conditioning side of things, but I’m very positive and confident that within one or two home games from now he’ll be scoring goals and the supporters will be behind him,” said Barker.

Barker said the experience of the 38-year-old Nomvethe should continue to add value to the squad especially young players such as Patel and striker, Dylan Stoffels.

Stoffels was one day away from turning 17 years old when he started alongside Bhele to potentially make history as the youngest and oldest players used as strike partners.

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