AmaTuks eye first home win over Pirates
THE university of Pretoria intend tasting their first Absa Premiership home victory by adding to Orlando Pirates' woes at Loftus on Sunday.
The Tshwane outfit have done well in their opening six games as they are still to lose, having registered three victories and three draws.
Their biggest win was last weekend on the road, where they thumped Ajax Cape Town 5-1, which resulted in the dismissal of coach Marten Stekelenberg.
"It's unfortunate the coach was fired after that game, but for us the most important thing is that we got maximum points," said captain Tebogo Munyai.
"With Pirates it will be a hell of a tough game. They are going into this match wounded after losing 1-0 to Bloemfontein Celtic last weekend.
"We are looking forward to getting our first win of the season at home though we are playing at Loftus and not at our home ground, Tuks Stadium.
"We want to send a loud and clear message that we are not in the Premiership for a short visit like as it has been happening with other clubs from the National First Division.
"The word draw does not even exist in our vocabulary," said Munyai, who has also played for Moroka Swallows and Platinum Stars.
However, Pirates hope to return to their winning ways.
Captain Lucky Lekgwathi is confident their short trip to Tshwane will be a fruitful one. "AmaTuks are doing well, we need to be very cautious. For us to successfully defend the league, we have to start scoring a lot of goals and winning matches consistently.
"AmaTuks might be from the university, but it is us who will offer them a free soccer lesson. Their unbeaten run is finally coming to an end," said Lekgwathi.
l In Polokwane on the same day, Black Leopards have warned SuperSport United to prepare for their first league defeat of the season at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
"We want to see ourselves permanently in the top eight bracket. United will taste defeat on Sunday," said Leopards boss David Thidiela.
United's spokesman David Skosana is equally confident Matsatsantsa will prevail.
Both matches start at 3.30pm.