AmaZulu’s Goodman Dlamini feels new coach Steve Barker has boosted the club’s spirits
Posted: 4 December 2014 Time: 21:01
AmaZulu midfielder Goodman Dlamini says the arrival of Steve Barker at the club has lifted the spirit in the changing room.
Barker guided his new club to a 2-1 victory over his former side University of Pretoria on Tuesday night - Usuthu’s first win in 12 Leagues games.
“There has been a lot different at the club since he [Steve Barker] came in,” Dlamini said.
"He has motivated everyone to play and fight hard so that we can move away from our dangerous position.
“Even when a player makes a mistake, he doesn't shout at that particular person, but insists that when we are on the field, we must be in tandem with each other.”
The KZN club next face Mpumalanga Black Aces, and are expecting a tough encounter against AmaZayoni.
"The coach said it won't be an easy game because they themselves are playing well of late,” said Dlamini.
“But he [Barker] demands us to work hard and be positive, and nothing will beat us if we bring that [mentality]into our games."
Platinum Stars’ loss on Wednesday means Dikwena are just five points ahead of bottom-placed Usuthu, yet Dlamini insists his side will not focus on other teams.
"The coach told us not to look at other teams, but focus on our own situation,” said last year’s Player of the Season at AmaZulu.
"For that reasoning, it is up to us to win games that are ahead of us and that is much needed.”
Kick-Off for AmaZulu’s clash against Aces at the Princess Magogo Stadium is scheduled for 18:00 on Saturday afternoon.