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Barker: We’ll Bounce Back

University of Pretoria mentor, Steve Barker, has told the Siya crew that his team will bounce back following a poor start in this season’s league campaign.

Tuks are in their second season after finishing in the top eight but are currently sitting at position 15 with eight points from 10 games. However, the former Wits University midfielder, revealed that his team has the character and determination to bounce back. He also reflected on their recent loss against PSL rookies, Polokwane City last Sunday.

“The game against City was very disappointing, in the first ten minutes we were 2-0 down, it was very difficult to bounce back. I am not pleased with the result as it was a crucial game for us. We have to bounce back quickly, show character and hunger, we have to go back to winning ways on Saturday against AmaZulu.

“Although the mood is obviously not the best, we are preparing very well for the next game and the guys need to get back their pride and players want to rectify their mistakes. It’s never easy but there’s determination to fight back. This is the game to regain our pride and confidence,” said the Lesotho-born coach.

Tuks are in their second season and some supporters expect the team to have adjusted to the elite league but the team seems to struggle, however, Barker, insists that they’ve learned but losing his key players has cost the team.

“We have learned but losing some good quality players has worked against us but we have a lot work ahead of us. We know what is expected of us and we have 20 games to go, I’d rather be at the bottom of the log now than at the end of the season. There’s only one way to do that, to instil the character in our team and overcome the challenges we are facing. We just have to remain positive and keep working hard,” added Barker.

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