Barker: Usuthu shouldn’t be complacent

AmaZulu head coach Steve Barker has warned against complacency following their 5-0 drubbing of FC Cape Town in an National First Division (NFD) clash at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday.

Barker emphasised the need for his team to win all their home league matches as eighth-placed Usuthu look to mount a serious challenge for the NFD title.

“One of the key aspects if we want to be challenging for the title and closing the gap between us and the top teams is to win all our home games. It is as simple as that. So we are doing our job at home. We have scored nine goals in our last two home games,” Barker said.

“We had a tough time in October – playing Cape Town teams four times away in the space of six weeks. Back then I told my players that it is not easy to travel to Cape Town. But they also have to visit us. When they come here we need to collect maximum,” he said.

“When you winning it gives everyone a lift. I think one of the key things was bringing a couple of fresh players in the January Transfer Window. When you bring in players like [Siyabonga] Nomvethe and Zaid [Patel], who is a proven goalscorer at this level.

“I think it increases competitions for places in the team – so the players know that they need to work hard and yes, the confidence is high in the squad. Before we played like this but we couldn’t convert our chances. However, this time it’s different because the players have confidence,”

AmaZulu forward Ayanda Dlamini came on in the second-half and went on to score the fifth goal with a brilliant finish as Usuthu extended their winning streak in the NFD to three games.

“Great goal for Ayanda – I’m very pleased for him. He really works hard at training. He’s also a very good professional and definitely deserves that goal,” Barker said.

“I think firstly we have got to understand that any success that comes your way it’s just through hard work. Not many people have been successful without hard work. We have continue working hard,”

“When you have 5-0 you shouldn’t become complacent and expect to win like that in the next game. We have two tough games away to Mthatha [Bucks] and away to Mbombela [United]. We have to keep our feet on the ground,”

“We need to continue working hard for one another as a club and a team and management everybody. We also need to remain humble and be respective of the game because this game can set you up for failure,” Barker concluded.

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