Barker sees positive signs from his team


AmaZulu head coach Steve Barker was not satisfied despite his team starting the NFD on a positive note with a 1-0 win over Witbank Spurs thanks to a goal from Bornwell Mwape.

Usuthu should have won by a big margin, but a lack of decision making was a major concern, especially from workaholic striker Linda Bhengu, who should have bagged a couple of goals.

But Barker said it is understandably that his side couldn’t bury chances they created due to the lack of match sharpness.

“I’m delighted to win our first win and keeping a clean sheet at home. But I thought we played some great stuff and it was unfortunate we couldn’t get the second goal,” said Barker after the match.

“We should have killed the game off and in the second half we didn’t get the second goal. We gave them some sort of hope and spirit. We had to be on our toes in last 15-20 minutes to ensure that we didn’t concede. But there are positive things; signs of good derbies for some of the younger players and solid experience from senior players, so I’m overall pleased to start on the front foot.”

Barker said Bhengu will improve his game and gain confidence as he gets more experience.

“It’s not always easy for your first game. He is kid and only 19-years-old, but at least he’s getting into position, and we just need to build his confidence,” he said.

“As long as we create chances and give yourself a chance to win matches, it is important that we don’t make the same mistake and concede goals. You could see that we could have been walking away with a draw or loss, having dominated the majority of the game. It is an area that we need to be clinical.”

Meanwhile, Usuthu are still waiting for the work permits of Zambian striker Petrus Shitembe, who is still away in his homeland, and they hope that by the time they play Thanda Royal Zulu on the 29th everything will be sorted out.

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One comment on “Barker sees positive signs from his team
  1. Raymond Jacob Sibiya says:

    Well done Guys. We are fully behind you. May I ask that the new Jersey if could be brought to Mhlathuze next weekend for the fans to buy. He be !! Usuthu

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