AmaZulu coach Steve backs ‘Uncle Barker’

2015-10-15 06:00
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Newly appointed Maritzburg United coach Clive Barker aims to get the best out of his players and turn their fortunes around.

PHOTO: backpagepix Newly appointed Maritzburg United coach Clive Barker aims to get the best out of his players and turn their fortunes around.

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AMAZULU coach Steve Barker says football is in Clive Barker’s blood and backs his uncle to be a success at struggling Maritzburg United.

Maritzburg hired the veteran mentor recently to replace Mandla Ncikazi, who has since linked up with the national U17 team.

The 71-year-old, who was previously scouting for Mpumalanga Black Aces, is best known for guiding Bafana Bafana to Africa Cup of Nations honours on home soil in 1996.

“[For] Clive, football is in his blood and has been a part of him, and as soon as you are out of football, you have that craving to be back,” Steve tells

“I think Clive just loves football. He loves people to be successful so for him to see the team like Maritzburg, it’s an opportunity for him to go there. I think he gets a lot of satisfaction and joy by bringing smiles to players’ faces and allowing them to be playing, expressing themselves and enjoying themselves. So Clive will be in football forever.

“I’m pleased for him and hopefully he can do a good job at Maritzburg and leave the legacy at another club again. One day when he does hang up his whistle then he can look back on a fruitful career so I wish him all the best.”

Steve believes Clive’s renowned motivational skills will be of great value at the Team of Choice, who prop up the Absa Premiership standings with a point from six games.

“I think Clive is probably one of the best coaches that we have had in this country on various levels, in international and in club football,” he says.

“He’s the great motivator, he knows how to bring and instil belief and confidence in players.

“Obviously Maritzburg had a good season last year so they are a good team with good players.

“I think they started this season on the back foot and lost some belief and confidence. I think Clive is the right person that will instil that and be able to get the best out of the players.

“So I’m certain and positive that if any person is to turn their fortunes around it will be Clive.”

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