Barker: We have replaced Zungu, Ngoma and Niang

Posted: 22 July 2013 Time: 10:45 am

University of Pretoria coach Steve Barker believes that his side have replaced the likes of Aubrey Ngoma, Bongani Zungu and Mame Niang.

The trio played a huge role in helping AmaTuks to a top eight finish in their debut season in the Premiership, but have departed for Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United respectively.

Talking after his side’s 4-2 defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic in the semi-finals of the Gauteng Cup, Barker said he believes they have replaced the three players.

“We believe that we have replaced those players and I just want to correct that we didn’t lose Zungu. It was decision to let him go in return for two quality players in Buhle Mkhwanazi and Siyabonga Ngubane.”

Barker believes the forwards they have brought in this transfer period can do the job for AmaTuks.

Tuks have signed former Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United striker Fikru Tefera Lemessa, Zimbabwean Obadiah Tarumbwa and youngster Lucky Mathosi.

“I believe that Fikru Tefera is a great addition to the team and the quality that he will bring will be a similar trait to that what Mame Niang brought, if not better, I think his touches on the ball and playing at the feet are more rounded.

“Lucky [Mathosi], the youngster that we signed, is also a handful and will do the job up front for us. For [Obadiah] Tarumbwa it has been a bit difficult due to travelling, he showed signs today that he has some ability and with that ability, getting to know the surroundings and environment, he will kick on,” said Barker.

Barker also adds that Tuks are still looking to add a couple more players to their squad.

“We are not finished in the market, there are still two to three signings of quality that we are looking to bring in and hopefully we will have that concluded before the start of the season.”

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:56 am
Good signing on Fikru Tefera a big man indeed. I don't think TUKS will survive this season though they signed too much inexperienced players instead of going for fresh and experience talent that are still warming bench in the our Big teams.
posted: 11:09 am
K.O editors, Mr Baxter suggests that Downs gave Tuks 2 players in return for one, Zungu. Mr Mosimane suggested that he was going to off-load some players before the season begins and that your stories of "over 50" players was hogwash.

Could you kindly do a fellow up story focusing on many players has Downs let go as indicated by Mr Mosimane and how many have joined Downs.

Your bias to a certain team is known for obvious reasons but you must also try to be ethical with balanced reporting. We dare you to be ethical!
posted: 11:23 am
Bernard Parker's younger brother, Fikru
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posted: 11:33 am
This coach is far better than Pierats coach ( former goalkeeper)

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posted: 12:09 pm
Abdul Salim Parker proved this guy right, that RSA would never win in Addis.
posted: 12:12 pm
thanks Abdul, thank you very much
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posted: 02:18 pm
Good manager

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