Cape Town - AmaZulu
coach Steve Barker is proud of the manner in which his team countered adversity
during their Premiership fixture against Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela
Read: Papic not getting carried away
Usuthu were forced to compete with just ten men for most of
the match against Chippa and had it not been for a brief lapse in concentration
from defender Sadat Ouro-Akoriko just before the half-time intermission, the
Durban-based team could well have walked away from this fixture with the full
AmaZulu actually opened the scoring in this match, courtesy
of a well-taken header from defender Mbulelo Mabizela in the 35th minute.
"I think it was point gained for us, considering the
red card so early in the game," said Barker.
"It was a pity we conceded just before half-time. I
think, had we not maybe conceded, we could have gone on and done something
really special with one man down.
"But I must commend my players for their commitment,
attitude, the running, the togetherness and unity; it's now four games unbeaten
and that's what we need to do," added a delighted Barker.
Brave performances aside, AmaZulu are still in a rather
precarious position on the Premiership standings - entrenched in the relegation
The odds are not stacked in AmaZulu’s favour, with just
seven matches remaining this season but Barker has not given up on his squad
"Let's hope this point, come the end of the season,
might be a vital point that we got this evening," said Barker.