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Baxter a tad worried over tough-cookie AmaTuks

By Mazola Molefe | Dec 14, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 19 ]

Premier Soccer League rookies AmaTuks have impressed Stuart Baxter, but the Kaizer Chiefs coach hopes Amakhosi are not the university side's first major scalp this season.

Chiefs host Tuks at FNB Stadium tomorrow at 6pm in a clash that marks the halfway point of the season.

Steve Barker's side have so far failed to register a win against the likes of Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns, but having been boosted by their first home win last weekend, they will fancy their chances against Chiefs.

"Tuks is a difficult game for many reasons. (They're) Very well organised and a difficult team to come up against," said Baxter. "They will certainly see this (Chiefs game) as a big scalp if they can take it. They certainly are going to be a bit more confident away from home."

AmaTuks' win against fellow new boys Chippa United last weekend was their first at home this season. It was a statistic that was starting to worry coach Barker, who said it should have been easier to win in their compact university ground.

Baxter has reason to be fearful perhaps.

Tuks are no pushovers away from home, with four of their five wins in this campaign on the road, a run which included beating Bloemfontein Celtic at the Free State Stadium.

"Sometimes teams are more comfortable away from home just because they feel a bit more pressure at home. But I have to say, they are not a different team away from home. They still play the same way, but with more confidence probably," said Baxter.

What is Baxter's big plan for a team that once tormented Amakhosi in a Nedbank Cup round of 16 tie in 2009 while still campaigning in the National First Division?

"We need to make sure we don't try got get on the backfoot, but make sure we can dictate the tempo of the game," the Englishman said of fifth-placed Tuks.

And Chiefs have - with the exception of their only defeat so far, a 2-0 loss to Platinum Stars - not been short of a plan this season.

For Tuks, Barker has never made it a secret that the team tries to play to lanky forward Mame Niang's strengths with long balls into the opposition box.

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Shapa AmaTuks shapa,shaya University of pretoria shaya.Abashweeeeeeeeeeee

Dec 14, 2012 8:23 | 0 replies

Oh so it's ok for zebras to say Pirates is gona lose but when the sane is said about chips they insult??

Dec 14, 2012 1:40 | 0 replies

@NICEBOOBS

Hi Qween of the khosi nation! I agree with you 100%. I would also like to see the young ones beating the hell out of tuks.I would say 4 goals if not 6.

KHOSILICIOUS 4 LYF!!!!!!!!!

Dec 14, 2012 12:53 | 0 replies

@Nongoloza24
Tuks 2
chips 1
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Ubatyiwe srhama segundwane.

Dec 14, 2012 10:52 | 0 replies

NICEBOOBS
Pls Mr Baxter use the likes of Nale and Masango for this game

CHIEFS 6 - 0 TUKS
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IN YOUR PERIODS ZEBRA.

Dec 14, 2012 10:35 | 0 replies

Mkhulu khune will be farting on the goal posts tltltltlltl

UP THE BUCS

Dec 14, 2012 10:32 | 0 replies

Baxter must make sure he stops the suply of long balls to the Tall Sriker, Mame nian, he is the only problem in that team, the rest are easy to contain, just dont give corner kicks and stop the wings, score many goals,play 3 strikers, Majoro, Parker and kingstin from the start

Dec 14, 2012 10:27 | 0 replies

TUKS stand UP... lol
Take it to the net boys...

Dec 14, 2012 10:22 | 0 replies

Nongoloza24
Tuks 2
chips 1
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IN YOUR WET DREAMS RODENT

Dec 14, 2012 10:14 | 0 replies

Pls Mr Baxter use the likes of Nale and Masango for this game

CHIEFS 6 - 0 TUKS

K4L

Dec 14, 2012 10:12 | 0 replies

I'm with you there English man, we need to respect our opponents, but not fear them, every team in the PSL is there on merit, except for Marikana which was bought and Rodents FC which was bailed out by Kaizer snr. We need to be worried about our own game and let them worry about us.

Dec 14, 2012 9:55 | 0 replies