Barker joins Usuthu, Mugeyi’s future unclear

2014-11-25 00:00

THEY had to do something drastic to save their season, and AmaZulu have turned to ­46-year-old Steve Barker to spark the change.

The nephew of former Usuthu and Bafana Bafana boss Clive, Barker was announced as the Durban club’s new coach late on Sunday night. He had resigned as University of Pretoria boss earlier that day.

Barker joins AmaZulu with a massive job on his hands. Bottom of the log and yet to register a win after 11 rounds of fixtures, Usuthu are falling further behind the pack as the prospect of relegation looms large.

Wilfred Mugeyi had been in charge following the sacking of former coach Craig Rosslee, but he too was unable to turn things around during his brief spell at the helm. The club confirmed yesterday that Mugeyi’s future was uncertain.

“He is due to meet with the board and they will have that ­discussion,” PR and communications officer Philani Mabaso told The Witness yesterday on the prospect of keeping Mugeyi on as assistant coach.

Barker held his first training session with his new players yesterday morning, just two days after he had witnessed Tuks fight back from two goals down to beat Moroka Swallows 3-2 in Soweto.

Having been at Tuks for over six years, no other manager in the PSL had been in charge of their current club for longer than Barker.

“He is someone we believe will add much needed experience and an ability to guide the team to stability from the current situation AmaZulu are in,” the club’s general manager Peter O’Connor said in a statement.

“We will also discuss with the current technical team including Wilfred Mugeyi on the way forward regarding how things will take shape in the setup.”

Barker has signed a two-and-a-half year deal and his first match in charge will be against his former club when AmaZulu host Tuks at Princess Magogo Stadium on December 2.

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