Soccer

Barker ready for Chiefs test

2013-02-21 13:23
Clive Barker (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Bidvest Wits coach Clive Barker is upbeat ahead of his team's last 32 Nedbank Cup clash against Kaizer Chiefs.

According to the Football411.com website, the two teams are set to meet twice in the space of eight days, with a league encounter taking place on the 2nd of March at the FNB Stadium, whicht follows their cup clash on the 23rd of February.

And looking ahead to this coming weekend's encounter, Barker told Football411: ''We are really excited to take on Chiefs. We have had some good results in the league and we looking forward to carrying that form into the cup.

"When it comes to cup football we do not fear anyone."

The 68-year-old says his team are confident they can advance to the next round but are also very aware of the threat posed by Amakhosi.

''Chiefs are doing much better this season than they have in previous years," he added.

"I believe that they play the most attractive brand of football in the league but there is no reason for us to believe that we cannot win.''

Barker said that while their main priority is to finish in the top eight of the league, a cup run would do wonders for the team.

He added: ''We know that the league is important for us but doing well in the cup would be a boost for us. We have a strong reputation of fighting in tournaments.

"Playing Chiefs is like a cup final for us and win would be massive."

The Clever Boys will be without Calvin Kadi for the tie though after he was injured during their 2-1 league win over Chippa United on Wednesday evening.

Barker will also have to do without the services of defender Siboniso Gumede, who will miss the game through suspension after he was sent off in the same game.

''Kadi will be a big miss for us but the form of Chappies (Ryan Chapman) is encouraging. He has got a couple of goals in the league and he will be important for us,''Barker concluded.

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