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Preview: Royals vs Leopards 20/02/04
Clive Barker, the only coach to have led the South African soccer team to an African Cup of Nations victory, will be desperate for three points from his Zulu Royals side in their vital meeting with Black Leopards at the Kings's Park Soccer Stadium on Saturday.

The Durban outfit have struggled so far this season, having picked up just 15 points from their 19 games, and are currently second-bottom in the Castle Premiership and in serious danger of going straight back down to the First Division.

But if there is one man who can turn it around for Royals, its Barker, having proven before that he is able to inspire teams low on confidence.

Leopards, meanwhile, this week appointed another former Bafana Bafana coach in Shakes Mashaba in what is seen by many as a good move for the Limpopo club.

Despite his acrimonious exit from the Bafana coaching job, Mashaba is still regarded as one of the top local coaches in the country and will have plenty to offer Lidoda Duvha.

The team, who are in ninth position on the table, have not had a full-time coach for about four months, though ironically the last man in charge was Walter Rautmann, who left to join the Royals camp. He lasted just a few months in Durban before leaving without making any impact.

David Byrne has been running the side since then, but will now slip into the role of deputy for Mashaba.

Both teams have not been consistent this season and Royals are the ones who will be carrying the underdogs' tag, but will be desperate not to let Leopards embarrass them at their home turf.

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