Pretoria's Barker puts no store in the past as he prepares to face Chiefs

University of Pretoria can upset league leaders once more on Saturday
Pretoria University coach Steve Barker has given little thought to the last time he went up against Kaizer Chiefs preferring to concentrate on planning for tomorrow’s game at Soccer City.

But he says his players did bring up the subject of AmaTuks’ famous 2009 Nedbank Cup win over AmaKhosi at training this week.

“I hadn’t given it any thought, it was so long ago now, but it was really nice to hear them talk about it. One thing it did prove was that in football anything is possible.”

AmaTuks, who went on to play in the final that year, emerged from second tier obscurity into the national conscience with a riveting 4-3 win over high-flying Chiefs – even after going down to 10 men.

But Barker is quick to point out the quality of the new-look Chiefs, who lead the Premier Soccer League standings as the season reaches the halfway mark,

“I’ve got a lot of admiration for Chiefs and the way they have been playing this season. They’ve scored 28 goals, which is an average of two a game, they have the top two scorers in the league and this week seven players called up by Bafana Bafana. There is a lot of firepower there.”

But he says AmaTuks are also a good enough side to also be able to exert themselves at times during the game. “For a lot of my players, they will be living their boyhood dream of playing Chiefs at Soccer City and that serves as a great self motivator. These games have a funny way of bringing out the best in players.”

For Barker, though, a point would be more than satisfactory. “Anything we can get out of this game will be a bonus,” he said.