South African AFCON hero Clive Barker passes on.

Written by on 10 June, 2023

By; Simtho Dladla

Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker has passed away.

According to the statement released by Barker family, the 1996 AFCON-winning coach battled with Lewy Body Dementia for a long time.

‘It is with profound sadness that the family of former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker announce his
passing on Saturday, 10 June after a brave battle with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)’.. said the statement from the family.

‘Clive will be remembered by South Africans for his role in helping to bring a nation together around the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, but for us, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and he will be dearly missed’.

The 78-year-old Barker was part of the Bafana Bafana squad that won the 1996 Cup of Nations against Tunisia on home soil . The Dog”, as he is nicknamed, also oversaw the side’s qualification for the World Cup in France two years later

Barker, became a manager in the 1970s, wherre he started his coaching career in different clubs including Durban City, Manning Rangers, AmaZulu (Zulu Royals) and Santos Cape Town. He won two back to-back League titles with Durban City titles in 1982 and 1983.

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