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Barns Overwhelmed By Emotions As He Departs Richards Bay

  • June 20, 2024
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Barns Overwhelmed By Emotions As He Departs Richards Bay

Richards Bay’s departing player, Sanele Barns, has explained his dedication to the club in retaining its status, saying it stemmed from his contractual obligations.

Barns is moving to Stellenbosch FC for the upcoming season, but he remained committed until the end, helping Bay secure its PSL status with a convincing 4-0 victory over Baroka FC at King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday in the final match of the promotion/relegation playoffs.

Unlike some players who might underperform after securing their future elsewhere, Barns displayed unwavering commitment.

The 27-year-old midfielder scored the second goal in the Umlazi encounter against Baroka. His free kick deflected off the wall and found its way into the net.

“I gave my all because I was still under contract with the club,” Barns told Sportswire.

Barns featured in 35 games across all competitions this past season, contributing six goals. One of them came against Orlando Pirates, which was the first they scored against Soweto giants as registered their historic win.

Adding another layer of emotion to his performance, Barns lost his mother last year, his only remaining parent. Her birthday fell on Thursday, 20 June, the day after he helped Bay secure their survival.

“This particular game was especially emotional for me,” Barns explained. “When I woke up, I knew it was my last match for the club. My focus was on ensuring the team’s survival. It is also my late mother’s birthday on Thursday, so I was feeling very emotional.

“I wanted to make her proud because she was a blessing in my life. She was the only parent I had left, and now both of them are gone. She was my pillar of strength.”

With Bay’s status secured, Barns believes his departure won’t be met with negativity, as the club benefitted financially from his transfer deal.

“I’m happy to see the fans came out in large numbers to support us,” Barns said. “It’s great to see coach Vusi Vilakazi and chairman Sifiso Biyela happy as well. We saved the team, and I want to thank the chairman for everything. Honestly, the goal I scored was dedicated to him and my late mother. May she rest in peace.”

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