Absa Premiership

Barker relishing AmaZulu clash

Steve Barker (PA Images)
Steve Barker (PA Images)

Cape Town - Stellenbosch FC coach Steve Barker believes his charges are well prepared to take on his former employers AmaZulu in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday night.

Barker coached Usuthu between 2014 and 2016 and is looking forward to the challenge of beating them at their home ground in Umlazi, Durban.

Stellenbosch made a slow start to their league campaign but have recently found some form. They are unbeaten in their last four Premiership games and have won two in a row.

"Look, AmaZulu are always tough nuts to crack on their home ground. They also have a top-class finisher in Bongi Ntuli who I know from my days with the club," said Barker.

"We brought him in from Mamelodi Sundowns on loan and at a time when we were fighting to hold onto our top-tier status and he scored six goals in 12 games to help our cause.

"Now this season he's netted all of their five goals, so a big threat for us at the back and I've told my defenders to keep an eye on him when he's got the ball anywhere close to our final third.

"But we have come on in leaps and bounds as shown by our four-game unbeaten run and two clean sheets in a row. The lads have been working hard, they're all pulling for one another, they all know this is a big game in terms of our goal which is to cement our place in the division, so we feel good about our chances.

"The win over Orlando Pirates last time out was massive for us, we showed we are a side that can hold its own."

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