Clive Barker’s family have released a statement that the legendary coach has undergone an operation “of normal flow through his aorta, the main artery that carries blood away from your heart to the rest of your body, after suffering an aneurysm,” in two hospitals in Durban.
A few days ago Barker was admitted to hospital, sending concerns to people on social media who said he has never been properly honoured after helping Bafana Bafana to win the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996 when Mzansi hosted it.
The 78-year-old’s heath has become a huge concern of late. Last year when AmaZulu announced their partnership to play their home matches at the Moses Mabhida Stadium he was struggling to walk.
“Clive recently underwent an operation to restore normal flow through his aorta, the main artery that carries blood away from your heart to the rest of your body, after suffering an aneurysm,” his family said in a statement via COSAFA.
“He is now undergoing rehabilitation in a Step Down Facility and it is hoped he will be able to return home soon.
“Clive is in good spirits and positive about his journey to recovery.
“The Barker family would like to express our sincere gratitude to the doctors and healthcare professionals at both the St Augustine’s and Entabeni hospitals, who have worked tirelessly in their treatment of Clive.
“We are deeply moved by the prayers and support that has been expressed by colleagues, players, friends and fans.
“We acknowledge that there is a keen public interest in the wellbeing of Clive, but request the family’s privacy at this time. The family will update on his health status via a press statement at the later stage.”
Barker, who at club level coached Santos, Manning Rangers, Bush Bucks, Bidvest Wits and Maritzburg United amongst others, won the Coca-Cola Cup with AmaZulu in 1992 – the last time the Durban-club won a major trophy.
He coached Usuthu seven times, including when it was known as Zulu Royals.