It is getting much harder

AmaZulu coach Steve Barker has admitted that things are getting much harder at the club as the results are not coming their way.

As the club prepares to take on Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday evening, Barker said they need to focus and not throw the game away.

Apart from their disappointing Nedbank Cup exit at the hands of NFD side Golden Arrows, Usuthu were left with 10 men against Bloemfontein Celtic after Mbulelo Mabizela was given a red card and Usuthu will now have to play this game without him.

“We have to bounce back and we have no choice and in life, successful people are those who stand up after being down and every time they get knocked they stand up again, and that is what we have to do. We just have to go back and reflect on the loss and get over it,” he told Kick Off.

“We had set ourselves targets but it just gets much harder when we fail to take advantage of the matches that we are capable of winning. The match against Sundowns will not be easy, but I guess at times you need to battle against the tough opponents,” he said.

Barker said that it will be difficult playing without the likes of Mbulelo Mabizela but he also has faith that Under 20 national player Tshepo Liphoko will have a speedy recovery.

“I am hoping that Liphoko will recover soon. One positive aspect is that Bongani Ndulula is looking good and it will be good to get something out of him. The arrival of the new players has given us a chance to work with them and see how they are adapting and coping with other players,” he said.

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