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Mpumalanga Black Aces coach Barker bemoans Zuke loss to Bidvest Wits

Posted: 7 October 2014 Time: 12:13

Mpumalanga Black Aces coach Clive Barker says ideally he would never have let Sandile Zuke go, insisting the midfielder is "one hell of a player".

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Despite completing pre-season with Aces and even playing five of their opening encounters of the campaign, the 27-year-old Zuke was sold to Bidvest Wits two days before the transfer window deadline. The deal also saw defender Siboniso Gumede join AmaZayoni from Wits.

“You know you lose a lot of players and these things happen in football,” Barker tells KickOff.com.

“But he’s very good, he’s infectious, he makes teams play around about him. He gets them going and a player like that, I would have never let him go.

“Fortunately he had a contract coming up in two months’ time and we had a chance of getting a couple of million rands and traded him, which we did. But unfortunately we lost one hell of a player.

“I think of all the players who had an influence in the game, I think that [Themba] Zwane, 'Section' [Thabo Qalinge] and Zuke were hell of a players to lose. And when you think that this team lost about nine players before the start of the season because of the loans and stuffs, I think they will bounce back nicely.”

Surprisingly Zuke, a product of Kaizer Chiefs' development, was promoted to Amakhosi's senior team as a striker back in 2008 alongside the likes of Wayne Matle and Simphiwe Mbambo, but he remains the only player amongst that group still playing in the PSL.

Zuke had a stint in Asia before signing for Aces in 2010 where he was converted to a midfielder.

Livefyre comments on this story...

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-10-07 10:22:50

Couple of millions? Ya psl players are expensive sometimes. Anyway all the best to Zuke at the students, he is a solid player for sure, we should have converted him to a midfielder at naturena..

Mosixty
posted: 2014-10-07 10:26:23

This is the boy we groomed in the mountain of molotov , there is no way he can disappoint. If he continues to work hard, it will be a matter of time before he returns home to where it all started....

Jobe@ kc
posted: 2014-10-07 10:29:00

the last time this man was on the news was when he ran naked on the media advocating for Qalinge and contradicting himself in the process

Professor_
posted: 2014-10-07 10:32:50

Haibo  Zuke joined Wits?..anyway he's great player,the product of Amakhosi developement.now aces need to do Barker some justice and buy him players,they sold so many and its only fair that they fill the gabs left by their key players

Deezle
posted: 2014-10-07 10:39:53

wheres wayne matle?tshepo bulu?

Mtravula
posted: 2014-10-07 10:50:58

Jobe@ kc Be careful what you say Khosi lami, Zuke is my younger brother and blood is thicker than water......

GeeZa_17
posted: 2014-10-07 11:01:46

Hau... Kickoff stop lying to us?


Zuke ws defensive midfielder when KC promoted him in 2008...  together with Sihle Mbambo and Wayne Matle. Tshepo Bulu was the striker not Zuke. #smh

Agent Provocateur
posted: 2014-10-07 11:05:15

Donald Duck Stop complaining about how much other people are worth! Meaning start working hard to improve yourself. Sitting on your bum ujongene ne kickoff blog will not help you!

Agent Provocateur
posted: 2014-10-07 11:07:27

Gold and Black Lamborghini I thought Simphiwe Mbambo played with abo Mathebula back around 2004-2005 season, or earlier. This kick -off.

Isicefe
posted: 2014-10-07 11:13:48

Gold and Black Lamborghini Ja these fucken kick-off editors r so bad u cant believe anything they say. Like really guys....u get paid to do this...the least you could do is check ur facts before publishing....this is really poor!!

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-10-07 11:24:08

Ey, ja ne. An idiot wakes up and decide he is gonna dish out unwanted advice. Please keep ur nonsense to urself ne? If I want advice I will get it, ur under qualified to give me advice. Dom Kop...

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-10-07 11:25:26

Oh yes, u are correct Khosi, he was a midfielder. I was also confusing him with Bulu

Lufunot
posted: 2014-10-07 12:01:28

as Chiefs we lost talent here, this guy is very good and hardly loose position, I can imagine him partnering Yeye in the absent of katsande with MA.LE.MA in front of them

phondolubomvu
posted: 2014-10-07 12:31:39

Some bloggers here are childish and need to grow up! Comments made should show understanding of the beautiful game and maturity,and not tripe or hot air!

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