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SASCOC mourns loss of Clive Barker

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has expressed its sadness at the loss of one of the country’s most iconic sports personalities.

News of Clive Barker’s death at the age of 78 has been received with heavy hearts by South Africa’s sports governing body. The announcement of the former Bafana Bafana coach’s passing was made on Saturday.

Said the president of SASCOC, Mr. Barry Hendricks: “Clive Barker was one of the most influential sports figures of his generation. He united a country when he coached Bafana Bafana to African Cup of Nations glory in 1996 and we were not only
champions of Africa, but one of the world’s most accomplished teams.”

Barker had, in March this year, been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD).

He coached professionally for four decades, with much success at Manning Rangers, Durban City, Durban Bush Bucks, Santos Cape Town, Wits and Maritzburg United. He won top-flight domestic league titles with Durban City in 1982/83 and Durban Bush
Bucks in 1985.

“On behalf of SASCOC and the entire sporting fraternity of South Africa, I want to send our condolences to the entire Barker family and his many close friends. Clive Barker was loved and respected by all and a true ambassador for our country on and off the field. We mourn his loss,” Mr. Hendricks said.