Barker: Big teams win trophies


Legendary former AmaZulu coach Clive Barker believes a lack of belief in homegrown coaches has contributed to KwaZulu-Natal football's demise.

Barker has strong connection to in the province football and has contributed a lot to the development of the game, which led to him having a successful spell with the senior national team.

He is still the only coach who has led Bafana Bafana to Africa Cup of Nations glory.

The experienced coach believes the fate of Usuthu and Golden Arrows has to do with their lack of trust in South African coaches in the past.

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"It's crazy to bring foreign coaches all the time. If you look at the fate of Durban clubs you worry what might happen at the end of every season because of the past. I'm talking about AmaZulu and Golden Arrows," he said.

Barker says AmaZulu always talk about being amongst the biggest teams in the country because of winning the Coca-Cola Cup in 1992.

He challenges the current leadership to respond to supporters' questions because big teams wins trophies almost every season.

"No I'm not happy, I always follow up on their matches and they've got to answer lots of questions. I don't really know where I can point fingers. They always say we are a big club. We've won the Coca-Cola Cup, and that about all of it for now. Big teams win trophies."

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The 75-year-old has been missing in action due to illness. The last time he was involved in football was during his spell with Mpumalanga Black Aces a few years ago, before the club's status was bought to become Cape Town City.

'The Dog' says he misses being involved in the game but has availed himself to come back at the highest level, and also offers any support that may be needed to the national team.

"It's been long overdue. I had a setback with illness so I haven't been able to coach at the highest level but I miss the game and I think I can offer something to what SAFA are trying to achieve with Bafana Bafana, and of course with the PSL quality of players and coaches they've got, we should certainly be controlling our destiny rather than watching others doing it," he added.

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Barker commented on new Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki, who will be in charge for the first time against Mali in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

"I don't know what he's got, but obviously he's talented, let's support him," he said.

"I think it's very easy to go there and be negative, so we will give him an opportunity. If he wants some help I would be pleased to assist, but that's the decision of the coaches."