Clive Barker, a legendary former Bafana Bafana coach, died on Saturday at the age of 78.

Barker, who notably guided South Africa to Africa Cup of Nations victory in 1996, was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in March of this year (LBD).

Barker’s family issued a statement on Saturday morning confirming his death.

“It is with great regret that the family of former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker announces his demise on Saturday, 10 June following a courageous struggle with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD),” the statement said.

Barker was also brought to a Durban hospital in January for treatment of an aneurysm, which impaired blood flow from his heart.

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The family statement continued: “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.

“Clive will be remembered by South Africans for his role in helping to bring a nation together around the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, but for us he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and he will be dearly missed.

“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.”

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