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Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

AmaZulu coach Clive Barker says the best is yet to come from his strikers who wasted a number of goal-scoring opportunities in their 2-1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns on Monday - a match they seemed destined to win.

Usuthu gave the defending champions a fright in the first half where they created a dozen scoring opportunities but failed to bury all but one.

Their goal was scored by Dumisani Ngwenya but the 23-year-old forward could have rattled the net more than once had he converted the chances created.

Other culprits were Siyabonga Mkhwanazi and Litha Ngxabi.

AmaZulu then lost concentration and composure in the second half and allowed Gordon Igesund's visitors to score two goals.

Their shyness in front of goal led to some of their supporters to start questioning if AmaZulu will able to win their next matches.

But yesterday Barker assured the supporters that his charges will return to their winning form.

"I'm convinced we will score enough goals that will ensure that we win our next matches," said the veteran mentor.

He added: "We played well on Monday and we are busy sharpening our strikers and I'm not panicking at all.

"Our supporters should not panic either.

"The directors of the club want to see this team in the top eight at the end of the season and I don't doubt the players' potential to achieve this feat."

Asked why they failed to bolster his attack with quality strikers during last month's transfer window, Barker said: "I would have loved to have one but there is no money to make big signings."

The seasoned forward in their books at the moment is Dennis "Chesa Mpama" Lota, but the Zambian's scoring form has taken a nosedive and hence is not enjoying enough game time.

AmaZulu did not sign big names during the transfer window but recruited unknown youngsters from their development side and amateur clubs around KwaZulu-Natal.

Barker, a respected coach who made history when he led Bafana Bafana to the African Cup of Nations glory in 1996, said he was also encouraged to have an experienced players of John "Shoes" Moshoeu's ilk in the team.

AmaZulu were 10th on the log on 20 points from 16 matches before last night's matches.


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