Legendary ex-Bafana coach Clive Barker ‘in good spirits’ after aneurysm | Sport

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The family of legendary former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker said the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations winner was “in a good mood” after suffering an aneurysm, which caused blood to pour out of his heart.

The 78-year-old’s family released a statement on Thursday saying the man who led South Africa to the only men’s continental title was currently recovering from successful heart surgery.

The family also said they were “deeply moved” by the wave of support received after news of Barker’s illness broke.

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Full family statement:

On behalf of our family, we would like to provide an update on the well-being of beloved former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker.

Clive recently underwent surgery to restore normal flow through his aorta, the main artery that carries blood from your heart to the rest of your body, after suffering an aneurysm.

He is now undergoing rehabilitation at a Step Down Facility and hopefully he can return home soon.

Clive is upbeat and positive about his journey to recovery, saying “It feels like I’m in one of the pre-season training sessions my players had to go through when I was coaching.”

The Barker family would like to express our sincere gratitude to the physicians and caregivers at both St. Augustine’s and Entabeni Hospitals who worked tirelessly to treat Clive.

We are deeply moved by the prayers and support expressed by colleagues, players, friends and fans.

We recognize that there is a strong public interest in Clive’s well-being, but ask for the family’s privacy at this time. The family will be kept informed of his health condition via a press statement at a later stage.

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