AmaTuks recharge batteries
AMATUKS coach Steve Barker insists that his players will bounce back after Orlando Pirates put the brakes on their Absa Premiership unbeaten run at the weekend.
"I believe in my boys. We will bounce back," he said after the 3-1 defeat by Pirates at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Sunday.
Before the game, AmaTuks had gone six games without defeat in their maiden season in the Premier League.
"Pirates are one of the best teams in the PSL, we knew it was going to be a difficult game. We started well by getting a goal first," said Barker. "The ball (by Mame Niang) that hit the upright would have made a difference for us if we'd then taken a 2-1 lead. But it is not the end of the world.
"The Fifa international break will give us a chance to recharge our batteries."
Barker, who guided AmaTuks to the top flight after winning the National First Division, said he is giving his players a break for two days.
"I have no doubt we will get back on track and win our league matches."
Barker's sentiments were echoed by defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele, who is confident AmaTuks will be a surprise package in the PSL this season.
"We all know that there has been a trend where clubs from the NFD are relegated in their first season in the Premiership.
"Not with us, we are in the Premiership to compete. We were just unlucky with Pirates. We have sent a loud and clear message that we are here to stay."