Barker laments Mbombela defeat


AmaZulu coach Steve Barker says he’s disappointed after losing 3-1 to Mbombela United on Sunday afternoon.

Usuthu fought hard to collect the full three points in their National First Division encounter at KaNyamazane Stadium but were unable to convert their chances.

Barker’s men were the first to find the back of the net through striker Zaid Patel from a loose ball from close range after 10 minutes.

However, the hosts equalised through Sifiso Thomo at the break before a Victor Shongwe penalty after defender Robyn Johannes was adjudged to have handled the ball in he box.

A late goal by Phetolo Sekome ensured United retained the full three points at home.

Barker says he is disappointed, but they will keep working hard.

“I’m not too sure about the first goal, not sure if it was over the line. It’s unfortunate to work hard like we did and come here to concede a goal like that,” said Barker.

“We fought in the second half, showed a lot of character to try and get an equaliser and created a lot of clear cut chances.

“Obviously if you don’t take your chances you make life for yourself difficult.

“If we’ve scored an equaliser, the momentum would’ve been nice as we pushed to get an equaliser, but we were caught up and the score line ended up being 3-1.”

Meanwhile, the mentor adds that they will go back to the drawing board and prepare for their next match against Santos.

“Yeah credit must go to the players for their fight in the second half, but I’m very disappointed,” added Barker.

“We have to keep working hard and believing in ourselves, you know we’ve got to make sure we don’t put ourselves in these situations.

“As I said, I felt we were a little bit hard done but what can we do, this is football, we’ve got to move on and get back to the training ground to prepare for our next game.”

Usuthu will welcome Zeca Marques’ People’s Team at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday, February 21 at 15:00.

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