Cape Town - AmaZulu
coach Steve Barker believes that Mbulelo Mabizela's previous indiscipline
incidents are ‘overstated’ and is confident the defender will be a hit with
eyeing Bucs scalp
Mabizela joined the KZN club after falling out with Barker's
uncle, Clive Barker, at Mpumalanga Black Aces.
But despite Mabizela's long and chequered history going all
the way back to his time at Tottenham Hotspur over a decade ago, AmaZulu boss
Barker is adamant that the former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana centre-back
will be a positive influence in Durban.
"I think people overstate what he has done. He hasn't
had any incidences in the past three years except obviously a fall-out with the
previous coach [Clive Barker at Black Aces]," Barker told
"He brings leadership, organisation, character, quality
as a footballer on and off the field.
“For me he is one of the best players South Africa has ever
produced and he still has the ability to play at the highest level.
"Since he has joined the team it's just been a pleasure
to work with him and I can already see the difference he is making."