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Khumalo says Clive Barker ‘deserved better’

An emotional Doctor Khumalo paid tribute to former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker, who died in hospital aged 78 on Saturday.

Speaking at the provincial memorial held at the Olive Convention Centre, the former Bafana Bafana star midfielder said that country had failed Barker.

Khumalo felt that the 1996 African Cup of Nations winning coach, had not received enough recognition for his role and legacy in South African football.

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“No coach has achieved what Clive achieved and we have failed him as a nation,” said Khumalo.

“You look at Themba Zwane at Mamelodi Sundowns today, brilliant footballer. I would like to say to Clive, thank you very much for putting a smile on all South African faces.

Khumalo says the nation failed Barker

“Thank you Clive for moulding the class of 1996 to become champions and thank you for believing in us, because you deserve better.”

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Khumalo was a key figure in Barket’s 1996 Afcon squad that won the tournament on home soil.

“The reason I’m saying this, in 1994, all the guys that are here will attest to this, you said to us you want to win the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996 and 1998 you would qualify us for the FIFA World Cup in France and that is exactly what happened,” Khumalo said at the memorial.

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“You have made icons in life in South Africa. You had given us an opportunity to play overseas from the squad of 1996 and you were the father to us and we love you,” said Khumalo.

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