Absa Premiership

AmaZulu flying high under Barker

2015-05-08 11:24
Steve Barker (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - If AmaZulu are relegated to the National First Division (NFD) this season it would take a brave man to blame coach Steve Barker.

Usuthu go into Saturday’s final round of fixtures in 15th spot on the log looking for victory over Maritzburg United at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

If Chippa United lose to champions Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday and AmaZulu win, then the Durban club will almost certainly avoid the play-offs altogether and finish the season in 14th, ensuring their PSL status. Moroka Swallows could mathematically overtake AmaZulu with a win of their own, but goal difference makes that highly unlikely if AmaZulu win too.

Regardless of what happens, AmaZulu have shown tremendous fight over the second half of the season.

Barker joined the KZN strugglers when they were without a win after 11 matches on November 23. If all 16 sides were reset to 0 points at that time then AmaZulu would currently occupy sixth place on the log. Since Barker’s arrival they have amassed 23 points from 18 matches. Chippa would be bottom of the log (11 points) while Mpumalanga Black Aces would be just above them on 14 points.

Steve Barker’s uncle and former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker has no doubts that Usuthu will still be in the PSL in 2015/16.

“I’m so proud of Steve and what he’s achieved,” Clive Barker, the current Head of Development at Black Aces, said on Friday.

“It has been an uphill battle for him. It is very important for the PSL that AmaZulu stay up, and I have no doubt that they will. Whether it be through the play-offs or if they go straight through, they will stay in the league next season. I am backing them completely.”

All matches on Saturday kick-off at 3 pm.


Wits v Platinum Stars

Ajax Cape Town v Orlando Pirates

Moroka Swallows v Bloemfontein Celtic

Free State Stars v Black Aces

Mamelodi Sundowns v University of Pretoria

AmaZulu v Maritzburg United

Chippa United v Kaizer Chiefs

Polokwane City v SuperSport United

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