Nhleko, transfer-listed at Platinum Stars despite still having a running contract, has stopped training with Tuks.
“Wonder is no longer training with us,” states Barker.
“We will however, be re-assessing the situation with regards to him in January when the transfer window opens. He did well at training, but we just felt that we are not so short in the position that he plays and still wanted to keep the foreign space open for maybe a defender. It is always crucial to only sign foreign players for positions that you really need to beef up.
“This is the reason why we used our foreign space to sign a strong Zimbabwean player at the back (Leo Kurauzvione). With Wonder, he would have come on loan to us from Platinum Stars who will have continued paying his salary, but unfortunately it didn’t happen that way in the end.
“With the team doing well at the moment it is better to focus on the players that we have who are confident as they have been winning games for us,” says Barker.
The youthful TUKS team has surprisingly shot to the top of the table upon the completion of the first round of games in the league, which is played in three rounds.
Tuks have gathered 14 points in seven games and share top spot with Jomo Cosmos through goal difference.
“I believe the reason we are doing so well at the moment is that we are a more stable unit this season. The younger players in the team are showing incredible commitment and are always working hard towards winning matches. Most of the boys in the team have matured well enough to cope with the demands of this league as most of them are now in their second season.
“We have also strengthened the team, especially at the back where we have recruited foreign players with bite,” he says.