Absa Premiership

'Zane, that's for you baby!'

2015-11-09 09:39
Clive Barker (Gallo)

Cape Town  - He is 71-years-old, but nobody can question Clive Barker's energy, enthusiasm and passion. 

The technical know-how and local knowledge are both proven, but many thought it was the end of the road for the 1996 African Cup of Nations winning coach after he lost his gig at Mpumalanga Black Aces last season. 

But Maritzburg United came calling, and it has been a tough start for Barker in KwaZulu-Natal. 

The Team of Choice started the season under the mentorship of Mandla Ncikazi, but parted ways with him after just four league fixtures. 

It didn't get any better under Barker, and he went on to lose his first four matches in charge before Sunday's win.

Maritzburg's poor run of form prompted former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder and member of Bafana's 1996 AFCON squad under Barker, Zane Moosa, to lash out at his former mentor. 

Moosa was a part of SuperSport's broadcast team from Lucas Moripe Stadium on October 31 when Maritzburg went down 3-0 to Sundowns, and he didn't hold back in his opinion of Barker after the match. 

Moosa raised doubts over Barker's selection policy, and said that the club had made a mistake by appointing him.

That attack was clearly still on Barker's mind in his SuperSport interview after Sunday's win, and he thanked Moosa for the criticism after the match, saying that it had made the side stronger. 

Barker added that he had been under immense pressure since taking over at the club, and that Sunday's match was the toughest of his managerial career. 

He would be celebrating with a "beer at the airport", but just before his post-match interview ended he had one last message for Moosa. 

"Zane, this one's for you baby," the visibly relieved Barker said directly into the camera. 

It was Maritzburg's first win of the season in 10, and they remain bottom of the log.


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