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Barker: Zwane should be the Bafana Bafana linchpin

Themba Zwane (Getty Images)
Themba Zwane (Getty Images)

Former Bafana Bafana head coach Clive Barker believes current national team boss Molefi Ntseki should build his team around midfielder Themba Zwane.

Barker worked with the industrious Sundowns playmaker during his time at Mpumalanga Black Aces, and reckons it would be wise to make the most of his abilities.

"Build the team around Themba Zwane. In different ways, he reminds me a lot of Doctor Khumalo," Barker told MarawaTV.

"He is not as good as Doctor but he creates things and scores goals‚ he gets himself in the box where he is very good. I was delighted to watch his career and I think we can build around him."

Barker is the only South Africa coach to lead the national team to glory at the Africa Cup of Nations, back in 1996, but says he would have preferred not to be the only one.

He added: "I would have loved it if someone came close to winning the [Africa] Cup of Nations. People are tired of hearing the success of 1996."

- TEAMtalk media

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