Cape Town AmaZulu
coach Steve Barker has urged his charges to 'stand up and fight', following a
3-0 defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday.
Read: Usuthu buckle in Bloemfontein
The bottom-of-the-table Usuthu were dealt another blow in
their quest to avoid relegation this season as Mbulelo Mabizela received his
marching orders on the half-hour mark, before two goals from Lerato Lamola and
a Carlington Nyadombo own goal secure what would turn out to be a comfortable
win for Celtic.
After seeing his side slump to a third straight defeat,
Barker expressed his disappointment at the manner of the defeat, especially
after all the hard work that was put in prior to the match.
Barker told the club's official website: "We are
disappointed about what transpired on Sunday after all the hard work and effort
that we have put in and showed during the week.
"We will never stop working hard and believing on what
can be possible. As a team we need to work together, show unity and pull
"The only thing we can do to bring our confidence is to
win our next match."
He added: "It's difficult to find positives when you
get beaten like this but there are one or two players that showed character.
"We need to channel our emotions to the right direction.
There will be obstacles in front of us but we need to stand up and fight. It's
not going to be easy especially in the position we are at.
"Our mental approach to our next game is crucial - we
need to find a way to win our next couple of matches."
AmaZulu will now cast their attention towards Friday's
Nedbank Cup clash with National First Division outfit Golden Arrows at the
Princess Magogo Stadium.