Thembinkosi Sekgaphane
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18 Jan 2016
5:15 pm

Barker asks AmaZulu fans to give Patel time

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

AmaZulu Coach Steve Barker pleaded with Usuthu supporters not to be troubled by the lack of sharpness from newly signed striker Zaid Patel.

Zaid Patel of AmaZulu receives treatment. ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Patel and Siyabonga Nomvethe arrived at the club during the current transfer window. The striking duo were involved in the game against Vasco Da Gama where their side walked away 4-1 victors.

Patel was introduced late in the game providing the assist for the fourth goal, however his overall contribution on the day wasn’t appreciated by a small section of the AmaZulu fans. The tall striker’s first touches failed to impress  the Usuthu supporters in the stands.

“Patel knows that he’s off the match sharpness. When you haven’t played for eight weeks, you know it’s not easy. He had an assist on the fourth goal, and a couple of headers in the game,” said Barker.

Baker has confirmed that Patel is attending extra training sessions to shake off the rust as he wasn’t playing for a few months.

“Obviously there’s still a lot of work to be done on his conditioning side of things, but I’m very positive and confident that within one or two home games from now he’ll be scoring goals and the supporters will be behind him,” said Barker.

New signing Zaid Patel doing extra training.“Obviously there’s still a lot of work to be done on his conditioning side of things, but I’m very positive and confident that within one or two home games from now he’ll be scoring goals and the supporters will be behind him,” Coach Steve Barker on Patel's progress.Article ????http://www.amazulufc.net/barker-calls-for-calm-on-usuthu-debutants/

Posted by AmaZulu FC on Monday, 18 January 2016