“I was quite disappointed with Jali being left out. I think he is the best that we have in the country and he has worked very hard. Another player that has been impressive and whom I had expected to see was Sibusiso Vilakazi,” said Barker.
However, Barker said he is happy with Morgan Gould being back in the squad as he feels he will bring stability to the side. He said there was no urgency to use Bongani Khumalo and Igesund made a great decision by not including him.
“That is my highlight for this squad. Morgan is a great player and he is most definitely going to have a positive impact on our defence. I don’t think Khumalo still has a place in the team, and I know Gould will perform to his best ability,” he said.
Barker said that as much as he is not a firm believer of a goalkeeper being a captain, he respects Itumeleng Khune’s leadership and determination.
“I am not a firm believer of a goalkeeper leading the side, but everyone deserves a chance. I would have probably preferred a central defender to take on the belt. For instance in this case I would have given it to Morgan Gould,” he said.
The inclusions of Siphiwe Tshabalala who didn't have much game time in the Afcon seemed to have surprised some people. Barker said that Tshabalala deserves to be there as he has worked his way up after the Afcon.
“I think he has been very humble and hard working since returning from the Afcon. I believe that he contributed in all the games that his club Kaizer Chiefs has won. Maybe the only player that I can sayhas no place in the team as well is Teko Modise,” he said.