Barker: I made a mistake


Match Report

‘The Dog’ started the match with two defensive midfielders in Tinashe Nengomasha and Thanduyise Khuboni but later on in the second half brought in Mabhuti Khenyeza who replaced Khuboni.

Barker admits that he erred in team selection.

“I made a mistake. I shouldn’t have been negative and I should have gone the way we ended the game. When we played two upfront with Dennis Masina behind we caused them a few more problems.

“We started with five across the middle. We did that because we thought we could contain them and since our game is a passing game, we thought we would dominate. It didn’t turn out like that and of course there is a lot of hard work to be done,” he admits.

However, the 70-year-old further says Chiefs deserve credit for the way they played on the day.

“Chiefs were far too good for us. They gave us a thumping and we were fortunate that they only scored four. All credit to them, because I thought they played at a high tempo and looked very good.

“We can go on and make excuses, but Chiefs were just too good for us. They knocked the ball around really intelligently and they had a lot of opportunities. Chiefs looked hot, sleek and they looked very well coached like they did at the start of last season,” he adds.