Lentjies: Barker to motivate turn-around
30 September 2015
Kurt Lentjies believes that head coach Clive Barker is just the man to inspire a turn around in fortunes as United head into Friday’s TKO clash with Jomo Cosmos.
The match, scheduled for Friday night at the Harry Gwala Stadium, will be a first home game in charge for former AFCON-winning Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker, who took charge of the PMB outfit last week.
“There’s no introduction needed. He’s achieved some amazing things in football, so let’s hope he can achieve things here with this bunch of guys as well. We want to make him feel settled in as soon as possible,” said Lentjies on the arrival of Barker.
The Maritzburg playmaker says its going to be anything but easy against an Jomo Sono’s Exenkosi side, who have also had a tough start to the Absa Premiership season.
“Two top coaches against each other [Barker and Sono], but it’s going to have to be settled amongst the 11 players on the field, their 11 versus our 11. Of course we have Clive on our side and I’m sure that with the couple of days he has been here he will be able to motivate the guys, I’m looking forward personally to working with him,” said Lentjies.
“We have played Cosmos already at home, a 0-0 draw. This is a cup game so each team will be losing for a victory and to boost their confidence for the league.
“There are no easy games, I wouldn’t say this fixture comes at the right time like people may be thinking, the right game for a turn around. We tried to turn things around against Aces, didn’t happen, try to turn it around against Free State Stars, didn’t happen, against Bloem Celtic, didn’t happen, so there are no easy games in the PSL. We’ll just have to keep working hard and putting things right on the training ground.”
Lentjies has also called on the team’s senior players to take responsibility and to help dig the side out of its current predicament.
“You can only point one finger and that’s towards the senior players, because we are there to motivate the younger guys. They are new in the game, they don’t know what its like. It’s up to us to stay positive and just to work together and to motivate the younger guys. We draw our energy from them, and vice versa.
“We started badly and I feel in some games we were very unlucky. In some games small things turned it against us. If I can pin-point one game, I think its only the [Bidvest] Wits game away from home where we have played badly. The other games I think we’ve played fairly well. We’ve addressed what needs to be fixed,” he added.