‘Barker’: ” Have a Great Christmas”

It is the match of our 2011/12 season as AmaZulu go up against the formidable Kaizer Chiefs. Both teams won on the weekend, with the Usuthu giving a controlled and polished performance against Santos.

What impressed me the most was the way the boys in green and white kept the ball. The passing was accurate and the running off the ball enabled the player in control to have more than one option.

The finishing left a bit to be desired but the 2-1 result in AmaZulu’s favour enabled the Usuthu to move into the top eight. After a dreadful start to the season, Roger Palmgren and his technical team have turned the fortunes of AmaZulu around.

There has been great support from the sponsors, chairman, directors, the entire office staff and our loyal supporters.

There is a good feel around AmaZulu at the moment, may it continue on Tuesday night against the mighty Amakhosi. Chiefs came from behind to beat Steve Khompela’s Free State Stars to underline their ability to fight back. The Phefeni Glamour Boys could go to the top of the league if they win. Both teams will want a positive performance.

The next result that pleased me was Maritzburg United’s convincing 3-1 win against Jomo Cosmos. The likeable Ian Palmer has turned a bad situation into a good one. This is the hallmark of a talented football coach. Palmer and his loyal technical team deserve this result.

Golden Arrows continue their up and down season, and volatile Turkish born Mushin Ertugral won’t be happy with not picking up points at home against Ajax Cape Town. They now have to go and play the Buccaneers away at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

Sundowns’ win against Supersport United saw them move to the top of the Premier League. Nice to see Teko Modise bounce back to score a brace in their 3-1 win over their Pretoria rivals. On a personal note I found what happened to my Basset dog called socks.

About 30 years ago I took my sons, John and Gavin to the SPCA to choose the dog that they wanted. They fell in love with a dog called Socks, but the SPCA rules stated that if I wanted this dog with long ears and droopy eyes I would have to return the next day to pick it up.

I set the alarm for 5 O’clock the next morning and drove to poll position at the SPCA in Cato Manor. Eventually the staff arrived and Socks was ours. The family was delighted and the likeable dog settled in. I noticed that Socks still had the SPCA stamp in his ear. Alas one day Socks went missing. A distraught family searched high and low to no avail. Socks was gone.

A few months ago AmaZulu went to make a store appearance in Ulundi. An elderly gentlemen approached and introduced himself to me. He asked me if I still lived in Yellowwood Park.

I asked him why the interest, and he explained to me that he was in fact the person who had stolen our dog Socks 30 years ago. I asked him to give me some proof to back up his story and he reminded me of the SPCA stamp in Socks’ ear.

When I challenged him to why he had taken the dog, he said I would not have given him the dog had he asked, so he picked up Socks and took him to Umlazi where he lived to a ripe old age. My initial reaction was off anger but on reflection we all now have closure. 

  I thought the Socks story might challenge “Jock of the Bushveld” for dog story of the year. Doggone!! Have a great Christmas and see you next year.

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