Barker unveiled as Black Aces coach

The former Bidvest Wits coach will commence his duty as Black Aces coach on 8 July.

Clive Barker has been appointed as Black Aces coach. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - With the 2013/14 Premier Soccer League season approaching, teams are pulling out all the stops to have a successful season.

Mpumalanga Black Aces on Thursday announced that 1996 Africa Cup of Nations winning coach Clive Barker agreed to a two-year deal to coach the Mpumalanga club.

The former Bidvest Wits coach signed the agreement and will officially start work on 8 July.

He replaces Jacob Sakala, who led the team back into Premiership football.

Barker, who is one of South Africa's most successful coaches, having won league and cup titles at club level and lead South Africa to African Cup of Nations glory in 1996, said he was delighted to be involved with the club who he has known for many years.

Speaking to Talk Radio 702's John Webb, Barker said he felt great and looks forward to the challenge.

"Black Aces has lots of talent and a huge support base like Bloemfontein Celtic. All they have to do is have success at a highest level."

He further lauded Sakala and said, "He did a fantastic job to get them to win at the right time."

Barker is known to be energetic and explained that his priority will be to be fair to the players who've been there for a while.

"There's nothing worse than a coach who comes in and wants to have a clear out."

Asked how he motivated his players Barker said motivation comes from consistency and treating players well.

"I like to think of myself of being a tactical coach."