Cape Town - AmaZulu
coach Steve Barker has vowed to regroup and return the club to its rightful
place in the Premiership after being relegated to the National First Division.
Read: AmaZulu downed...and out!
Usuthu will be playing in the second tier of South Africa
football next term after a 2-1 loss to Maritzburg United on Saturday on the
last day of the Premiership season to finish rock bottom of the table.
The KwaZulu-Natal club earlier this year clawed their way up
from the doldrums to leave themselves in with a fighting chance, but in the end
it was too little too late.
Barker filled the coaching void at AmaZulu midway
through the season when the club was winless with the worst record in the
The tactician praised his players for putting up a good
fight until the end despite relegation.
"It's obviously very disappointing to go out this way.
I can't blame the players - they dug deep the whole season. We have won many
games under difficult circumstances and probably today was one hurdle too
far," Barker told SuperSport.
"I am disappointed for the players and for the club. I
think a lot of reflection needs to take place and we need to get this club back
to where it belongs as soon as possible."
Barker said he had no regrets about leaving University of
Pretoria to take up the hot seat at Usuthu in November.
"It's a season I don't regret whatsoever. I had said
that the last kick in the last game may keep us in the league and we had an
opportunity with eight minutes to go seal it.
"But we have to bounce back, football can be difficult
and cruel at times, but at the end of the day it's a learning experience for
all of us and we need to take it forward from here."