'Usuthu must re-sign Shoes' - Barker

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The 42-year-old midfielder has expressed a desire to continue playing, but as of yet Usuthu have not offered him a new deal, despite successfully negotiating with a number of their other players.

"I am the one who brought Shoes to AmaZulu from Kaizer Chiefs when no-one was interested in him," Barker says. “He is an important player for us as even though he lacks pace these days, he still has great feet and an intelligent mind.

"I know his contract is set to expire at the end of this season, but if at all possible I will try and convince club management to renew his deal.”

Meanwhile, Barker has also expressed his delight at the arrival of another of his 1996 Africa Cup of Nations winning side at Usuthu, Neil Tovey, who joins as technical director.

"I needed someone to come and help me with the squad of 28 players, so I recommended Tovey to management,” Barker says. “Fortunately he was living in Durban so it was not difficult for him to join us.

"He was a great defender during his playing days and picked up coaching experience with Mamelodi Sundowns, where he won the League. He is happy to be back with AmaZulu and the players like him very much.”

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