AmaZulu on Sunday confirmed the appointment of former University of Pretoria coach Steve Barker, who takes over from caretaker coach Wilfred Mugeyi.
Steven Robert Barker, who will turn 47 on December 23, is the permanent replacement for Craig Rosslee, who was relieved of his duties earlier this season.
The former Tuks mentor’s last match in charge of the University-based club was on Saturday, when he guided them to a come-from-behind 3-2 win away to Moroka Swallows.
Barker, the nephew of AmaZulu legend Clive Barker, holds a B Tech Sport Fitness and Exercise degree and a UEFA A License coaching credential.
He began his coaching career with the SA Air Force and SA National Defence Force before joining University of Pretoria in 2006.
He went on to serve the club for eight years, first as the technical director, then assistant coach and from 2008 as head coach.
In 2009 he guided AmaTuks to the final of the Nedbank Cup, where they were beaten 1-0 by Swallows.
In 2011/12, under Barker’s guidance, University of Pretoria won the National First Division to earn promotion to the Absa Premiership for the first time.
In their first season in the top flight, Barker guided Tuks to an impressive eighth-placed finish and qualified them for the 2013 MTN8.
Last season Tuks finished 11th on the log, while in the current campaign they find themselves in 12th after 11 rounds of league fixtures.
Including Saturday’s win over the Birds, Barker’s PSL league record reads: P71 W21 D24 L26 GF70 GA70 Pts87.
The new AmaZulu coach’s first official game in charge of Usuthu will be against his old team AmaTuks at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Tuesday, December 2.Share