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Saturday, June 10, 2023

BIOGRAPHY AND WIKIPEDIA: Fans react after South African coach, Clive Barker, is confirmed dead

Fans react after South African coach, Clive Barker, is confirmed dead.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the medical professionals who cared for Clive over the past six months. He fought a brave battle and we are relieved he is now at peace" said the Barker family's statement.

Barker, 78, led South Africa to their only continental triumph at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 1996, and also steered the side to a maiden World Cup appearance in France in 1998, and is fondly remembered by fans across the country, as has been evident by the tremendous support he received after falling ill.

Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker passed away on Saturday, 10 June after a brave battle with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), his family confirmed.

“He fought a brave battle, and we are relieved he is now at peace." “We have been overwhelmed by the enormous outpouring of love and support for Clive since he was first diagnosed with LBD, and this is a testament to the coach, friend and mentor he was to not only several generations of footballers, but also anyone who crossed his path in the sport he so dearly loved.

“We will provide details of the memorial service in the coming days, and ask the family’s privacy be respected at this very difficult time.” The captain of the 1996 Bafana team, Neil Tovey, told TimesLIVE Barker’s passing is a tragic loss to South African football.

 “You know Clive’s history,” he said. “Every team he touched he turned to gold so it is a tragic time to lose a person of his stature — the only men’s coach to win a Nations Cup.”

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