Barker pleased with squad depth


Following their 5-0 win over FC Cape Town on Sunday afternoon, AmaZulu coach Steve Barker says he’s pleased with his squad depth.

Usuthu demolished the Cape Town outfit at Princess Magogo Stadium in their National First Division encounter leaving the coach to praise his charges.

Three goals by the veteran striker, Siyabonga Nomvethe and two by Marc van Heerden and Ayanda Dlamini ensured Usuthu grab the full three points and move three points closer to the NFD/Premier Soccer League Play-Offs position.

“We still have quality strikers such as Bornwell Mwape, who was suspended today, he offers a different quality,” said Barker.

“Fortunately, from game to game we can play what we require for specific games and I’m very excited about the victory and the performance but still a long way to go.

“It’s a good headache, I’d rather have it you know but when you have to start with five U23’s, somewhere it means you must not start with a certain player who’s been doing well.”

Speaking about his depth and the fixture congestion in the upcoming months, the ex-Wits University player adds that it’s going to be tough.

“It’s a tough run and we’ve been doing well and we play every week, there are Nedbank Cup games still to come and one has to look ahead,” adds Barker.

“The worst case scenario is that if you don’t win the league, you’ve got to play the play-offs and we need everybody, it’s good to have enough players and use them wisely.

“I’m happy with the Nedbank Cup draw, it’s a fair one but I always want a home game but our focus is on the league and we have to use the tournament wisely.

“Because we play Baroka FC the week after so we have to play wisely.”

Although the dates are yet to be announced by the PSL, Usuthu are set to meet Jomo Cosmos in the Last 32 of the Ke Yona Cup.

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