Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Absa Premiership

Clive Barker © Backpagepix

This is our cup final - Barker



Wits coach Clive Barker says his side's Absa Premiership match against Moroka Swallows on Friday will be like a cup final for the Clever Boys.

The Students travel to Dobsonville to take on the Birds, who are in search of their fourth straight league win, and Barker said ahead of the clash his charges would be focussed on getting three points away from home to move up the table.

“It's the biggest game of our careers,” Barker said.

“This is the one we have to put away. This is the one against Swallows.”

Wits have a young squad at their disposal, while Swallows have valuable experience under the guidance of coach Zeca Marques.

“We understand the quality that they have, the fantastic big name players,” Barker said.

“It's always been good to play against them over my last 35 years in football.

"It's going to be a big game – in fact for us, it's going to be our cup final.”

With three games in six days, the former Bafana Bafana coach expected a stern test against the Soweto side.

“It's going to be a tough one on Friday and the players will be feeling it," he said.

"When you play three games in seven or six days, it's a lot.”

Though Wits managed only a goalless draw at home in their previous league game on Tuesday, against SuperSport United, they moved up to fourth in the table.

Since Barker has taken the reins, Wits have improved their form, but the experienced coach said he had little to prove.

“Have I still got to show what I can do? Shall I go out there and have to prove it now? No, I don't think so," he said.

“I'm enjoying every minute of it, it's been fantastic and I think the results have been very, very good. Four wins and two draws in the last six matches – that's been really good.”

Nine points adrift of Platinum Stars, who are in third place, Barker believed a climb up the table was well within his side's reach.

“I'd be disappointed if we didn't finish in the first three.”

Weekend Premiership fixtures: Friday: Moroka Swallows v Bidvest Wits (Dobsonville Stadium).

Saturday: Golden Arrows v Kaizer Chiefs (Moses Mabhida Stadium), Platinum Stars v Black Leopards (Royal Bafokeng Stadium), University of Pretoria v AmaZulu (Tuks Stadium).

Sunday: Ajax Cape Town v Free State Stars (Athlone Stadium), Bloemfontein Celtic v Maritzburg United (Free State Stadium).

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



Neil Tovey
A striking concern
After Bafana Bafana drew a blank against Nigeria in Cape Town last week, our national striking woes...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Ref’s decisions to be challenged?
I read recently that Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, the current Fifa president, is considering a move which...

Segun Odegbami
Worried, frustrated, angry and excited
Let me state it up front - I am worried, frustrated, angry and exited, all at once!

Carol Radull
Was Arsenal playing football?
What on earth was that? What was that game Arsenal were playing in Germany on Tuesday night?

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
The pressure is on at Man United
By the time the summer transfer window closed in Europe, Manchester United had spent heavily. Times...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Reds back in Europe with a win
The Champions League is all about high octane action and last minute goals and that’s exactly what...