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By unknown | Jun 11, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

The University of Pretoria are only 180 minutes away from realising their dream of playing in the Premiership next season.

The University of Pretoria are only 180 minutes away from realising their dream of playing in the Premiership next season.

This comes after the wasteful Tukkies played to a 1-1 draw with Winnerspark at Seshego Stadium in Polokwane yesterday.

The students, guided by Sammy Troughton, went through to the national Platinum play-offs final on the away goal rule.

This was after the two sides played to a goalless draw during their first leg match at LC de Villiers in Hatfield, Pretoraia, last Wednesday night.

Tukkies will now play the winners between FC AK and AmaZulu, who meet in the first leg of their play-off match in Eldorado Park on Wednesday.

Winnerspark's bombing out saw the township of Seshego's hopes of having a professional club again after seven years going up in smoke.

Coached by Innocent Mayoyo, Winnerspark have themselves to blame for bombing out of the play-offs after dominating the early stages of the game.

After taking an early lead through Dolf Khesa as early as the first minute, Winnerspark gradually started being defensive.

There were times where they got three or four clear opportunities, but their strikers seemed to have left their scoring boots at the club house in Nirvana.

After realising that the goal-shy Winnerspark were seemingly content with a solitary goal, Tukkies started settling down and made several attempts at goal.

At some stage it was like they were up against Winnerspark goalkeeper Mayala Makweni, the Congolese goalkeeper formerly with Orlando Pirates.

Makweni made no less than nine brilliant saves as the rampant Tukkies strikers were bombarding him with all sorts of thunderous shots.

Clifford Mulenga fluffed a golden opportunity to register his name on the scoresheet, but the Zambian ballooned the ball over the crossbar with Makweni all at sea in the 35th minute.

The all-important goal which earned Tukkies a place in the final, came in the 67th minute through Sifisi Sithole after a back-heel from Mulenga.

Mayoyo said: "Generally, football was the winner. It was not our day, I must say well done to Tuks and well done to my boys (for reaching the play-offs)."

Troughton said : "We said to the guys at halftime to be patient and tight at the back." - Sowetan Reporters


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