AmaTuks can see finish line
KENNETH Neluvhalani, manager of National First Division log leaders University of Pretoria, is confident they will finally realise their dream of campaigning in the Premiership.
Neluvhalani said AmaTuks wanted to win their remaining four games of the season to avoid having to rely on other clubs to do them favours. He said they came close to winning promotion to the top flight on several occasions in the past without success because they relied heavily on other teams.
AmaTuks are at the summit of the NFD log with 49 points from 26 matches and are left with four outings to round off their campaign. The race for automatic promotion appears to be a three-horse affair between them, Blackburn Rovers and Thanda Royal Zulu.
Rovers are second on the log on 45 points, while Royal are third on 44.
Newcomers Chippa United from Cape Town have an outside chance in fourth position on 41 points.
"We have been in the National First Division for a long time, we have overstayed our welcome," Neluvhalani said yesterday.
"It is tight at the top but we will fight to the bitter end to secure promotion to the Premiership. We will definitely win all the remaining four games, that's all we need to do to win the league."
He said senior players like Esau Mtshweni, Tebogo Monyai and Siya Mngoma were helping the youngsters in the side to keep cool heads in the run-in.
"The big incentives for the players is to gain promotion to the elite league, we are no longer in the business of developing players for Premiership clubs," he said.
The run-in for the top three clubs is:
vs United FC (home)
vs FC Cape Town (h)
vs Mpumalanga Black Aces (h)
vs Thanda (h)
vs African Warriors (a)
vs Dynamos (h)
vs Chippa United (a)
vs Bay United (h)
vs Carara Kicks (h)
vs Sivutsa Stars (a)
vs Vasco da Gama (h)
vs AmaTuks (a).