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Steve Barker ready to show that he's the big dog in Ke Yona

By Mogomotsi Selebi | May 04, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE name Clive Barker will forever be etched in the minds of South Africans after his heroics with Bafana Bafana.

Barker became a national hero when he steered Bafana to their first Africa Cup of Nations title back in 1996. But there is another Barker who wants to set the football world alight.

University of Pretoria coach Steve Barker wants to follow in the footsteps of his uncle and become a top coach even if it means knocking AmaZulu out of the Nedbank Cup.

Clive Barker is a technical adviser at Usuthu but even that will not stop his nephew from dumping the Durban club out of Ke Yona.

"It would be nice to get one over my uncle. It's time for a new Barker on the block," Barker said.

AmaZulu will host the National First Division side in the quarterfinals and Steve said they were looking forward to the match, which takes place at Pietermaritzburg's Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday.

"We were hoping for a home ground but it didn't happen. Anyway, the weather will be nice in Durban," he said. "But it will be difficult against them. Under Neil Tovey they have turned the corner and are playing some good football."

The tournament has produced some upsets and Tovey has warned against underestimating his opponents. University of Pretoria contested last year's final, which they lost 1-0 to Moroka Swallows.

"They are not to be taken lightly. I know how good they are and we'll give it our best shot," Tovey said.


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