Unbeaten AmaTuks are in PSL to stay, says Neluvhalani
UNIVERSITY of Pretoria are not in the Absa Premiership for a short visit, but to stay for good.
This is the prediction of AmaTuks general manager Kenneth Neluvhalani after the newcomers surprised many people with a highly impressive start to the season.
Guided by former Wits player Steve Barker, AmaTuks are unbeaten in their four opening matches.
They started with a creditable 1-1 draw with the Delron Buckley-led Maritzburg United, then went on to beat Lamontville Golden Arrows 1- 0.
The Tshwane outfit played to a goalless draw with neighbours and three-time champions Supersport United before bringing down high-flying MTN8 finalists Moroka Swallows, beating the Dube Birds 3-2 last Friday.
"This has been a great start and congratulations to the technical staff and the players for a job well done," said Neluvhalani. "When we won the NFD and gained promotion to the PSL, we decided to go into the transfer market in search of experienced players.
"Our big boss, Rendani Mulaudzi, made it clear to all of us that we do not want to be one of the clubs who spent only one season in the PSL only to be relegated.
"We are in the PSL to stay. We do not only want to play in the PSL, we want to win trophies too. The support we are getting from the university has been awesome - we were allowed to get players that we believe will add value. For now we are still trying to settle down - so far so good," said Neluvhalani, whose club will play Platinum Stars in their next league game on September 25 at home.
Some of the AmaTuks recruits include Vincent Kobola, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Dipsy Selolwane, Mame Niang, David Radebe and Dumisani Ngwenya.