Absa Premiership

Barker: Strikers must step up

2015-03-24 11:28
Steve Barker (Supplied)

Cape Town - AmaZulu head coach Steve Barker has told Bongani Ndulula and Ayanda Dlamini the responsibility to score goals in on their shoulders while Bongi Ntuli serves a two-match suspension.

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Ntuli has been impressive for Usuthu since joining from Mamelodi Sundowns on loan in January.

The striker has scored three goals and provided an assist in the seven Premiership games he has played for Amazulu.

The goals in particular have been a vital addition to the team sitting bottom of the standings, desperately struggling to maintain their Premiership status for next season.

However, Ntuli will miss AmaZulu's next two games through suspension after he was red carded in the 1-1 draw with Chippa United for raising his elbow, and Barker wants Ndulula and Dlamini to step up in his absence.

"It is a bit of a setback for us because the player was scoring and showing some confidence in front of goals again," Barker told his club's website.

"However, we have other quality players in Bongani Ndulula and Ayanda Dlamini.

"I think these players are ready to step and use the opportunity to the best of their abilities.

"They have done well for the club before and I am sure they will do a wonderful job."

Barker has two weeks to make sure his replacement strikers are fully prepared to take on the responsibility of leading the line due to the FIFA international break.

Usuthu's next fixture is against Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium on 4 April.

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