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AmaTuks make it to top flight

By Kgomotso Sethusha at LC de Villiers Stadium | May 10, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 15 ]

NATIONAL First Division leaders University of Pretoria, alias AmaTuks, realised an eight-year-long dream as they brushed aside FC Cape Town 2-0 yesterday to ascend to the Premier Soccer League.

Their closest rivals Blackburn Rovers are likely to secure a promotional berth after a 1-0 win over Dynamos at Buffalo City Stadium in a match that was played last night.

The PSL website erroneously reported earlier that the match ended 3-1 in favour of Dynamos but it emerged later that Rovers won the tie 1-0. For Rovers to unseat AmaTuks they will need to score 12 goals without conceding any in their last two matches, the task that seems impossible.

AmaTuks have won consistently this season and deserve outright promotion to the top flight. Two first-half goals from Thokozani Sekotlong and Esau Mtsweni were sufficient for victory.

Until this point their crusade, which started eight years ago, had yielded nothing but heartache, with a number of near misses.

In ending the drought, they have ensured that there will be three Pretoria sides in the Premiership next season.

The old campaigners in the Premiership from Pretoria are Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United.

AmaTuks, who are coached by the wily Steve Barker, started brightly yesterday, taking the lead when Sekotlong scrambled home as early as the fifth minute.

Sekotlong turned provider, sending in a well-weighted cross for Mtsweni to tap home the second in the 18th minute.

The Cape side, though, had their moments with notable attempts on goal from Innocent Cele and Sibusiso Ntuli.

But just as they had done throughout the season, the home side stood firm for a deserved win.


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Congrats Tuks!!! now PSL has three teams from PTA dis is good very very good

May 10, 2012 6:57 | 0 replies

Pretoria Soccer League my A$$.....last time i check Soweto was still on top . Moroka via Orlando please Driver.

May 10, 2012 1:22 | 0 replies

I am sure Chiefs players especially Tau, r scared that the club used to beat them in Nedbank cup whilst in NFD r joining the Psl. Welcome to Psl boys where men r separated from boys.

May 10, 2012 12:46 | 0 replies

@MorenaWaPolelo, true broer. Let’s see if the cup finals will be taken to PTA this time around coz it is fairly represented.
Actually, Amataks will be the TRUE representatives of PTA coz they are based there. Sundowns was based in JHB from the 1980’s. In the early 2000’s it moved to Kempton Park. SUFC is based in Randburg.

May 10, 2012 12:46 | 0 replies

Maybe they can do better than playful JOMO

May 10, 2012 11:13 | 0 replies

You are in boyz. come and show Jomo how to do it.

May 10, 2012 11:12 | 0 replies

Well done AmaTuks now let TSHWANE dominate the league.

May 10, 2012 10:43 | 0 replies

Come add value to this yawn league, unlike cosmos & leopards. Thank God of European soccer, I'd be dead of ukukhenyeka...

May 10, 2012 9:22 | 0 replies

Watch out Soweto, Pretoria is here to stay, we will soon have a Gauteng PSL League. Congradulations to Stve Barker and the Boys, you have been knocking for few years now, remember Andile and Yende are your players, you can have them back.

May 10, 2012 8:44 | 0 replies

We welcome you to the topeague and hope you will stay for long time; please do be like "Phindangene Cosmos". Now we have two university we will see who is the best lecturer. Pretoria is now represented by three clubs.

May 10, 2012 8:20 | 0 replies

This was long overdue, Amatuks has always shown signs that they actaually belong to the PSL. the same signs that were show by cosmos that they belong to NFD. look how many good players this team produced. abo Jali, Yende and the others.
Welcome to the land of Honey and milk boys.

UUuuuuuuup the Bucs.

May 10, 2012 8:4 | 0 replies