Barker: We fought like warriors


Following an impressive come from behind 2-1 win against Tuks on Wednesday night at the Tuks Stadium, AmaZulu coach Steve Barker says he had a straight talk with the team during the half time break.

For any team it takes strong mental fitness to bounce back and finish strong and the AmaZulu coach admits that it was what he said to the players that made a difference.

“I told them to go out there and fight like Warriors, I told them that if we lose this match, let us lose it knowing that we gave it our best not what I saw during the first half. We have 45 minutes to play for and let us go out there and give it our all,” said Barker.

The two second half goals from Bongi Ntuli were enough to see Usuthu walking away with the three points and Barker felt that his charges gave it their all.

“Despite starting slowly during the first half I am proud of my team, I think they showed lot of determination and character.

“There was a willingness to win and the drive to push even harder. I also think that bringing in Nhlanhla Shabalala had a positive impact on this victory,” he said.

With the last game to go against Maritzburg United On Saturday, Barker said he will continue with his strategy of ensuring that his players focus on the present and master the process.

“When we started off I told them that we have four games let us win three out of four, then it boiled down to three let us win three and now we have one more game that we have to win. If we win then will go to the play offs and we will fight hard,” he said.

Barker also gave praise to Bongi Ntuli and Energy Murambadoro for their performance.

“Bongi has done well, considering that he did not play in the first half but he has been impressive for us. Other players that have done well are Mbulelo Mabizela and goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro,” he said.

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