⚪️☠️⚫️ Stellies coach Barker on what Nkanyiso Zungu needs to make it at Pirates
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⚪️☠️⚫️ Stellies coach Barker on what Nkanyiso Zungu needs to make it at Pirates

Steve Barker has the best insight on Zungu after working with the midfield maestro for two seasons in the Western Cape winelands.

The former AmaZulu coach says the left-footed midfielder has all the ball-playing ability to excite Pirates fans but the 24-year-old will need a little bit more than beautiful touches on the ball.

"Football-wise technically yes [he was ready for the Pirates move]. I think his biggest challenge, and I had a good chat with him before he left and we still do keep in contact, is just mentally," Barker told Marawa Sports Worldwide as reported by Sport24.

"Pirates is a big club, you know. It's just mentally handling the situation of competing with players that are on a very high level every day. But there is no doubt that in footballing terms and his technical ability it was the right time for him to go.

"It's just for him to be psychologically and mentally handling the pressure of being at a club like Pirates and performing every day at training. But I am confident that he will do well,” said Barker.

Zungu will be competing with the likes of Fortune Makaringe, Ben Motshwari, Xola Mlambo, Linda Mntambo and Siphesihle Ndlovu.