AmaTuks bank on Downs fans

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Dumisani Masilela, Pretoria University striker, says they will bank on the support from their big brothers, Mamelodi Sundowns, to succeed against AmaZulu tomorrow.

AmaTuks welcome Usuthu in the first leg of the final of the National First Division (NFD) Platinum playoffs at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. Kickoff is at 5.30pm.

The return match takes place at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu on Sunday, starting at 3.15pm.

Tomorrow's clash will be a curtain raiser to the much-vaunted friendly between Mamelodi Sundowns and Barcelona that kicks off at 8.10pm.

"Sundowns' supporters have an important role to play in motivating us and we urge them to rally behind us," said Masilela yesterday.

"We are also encouraged that we will also be supported by Sundowns' players. It will be a great feeling to be watched by Barcelona's superstars.

"We need to ensure that we win at home because it will be difficult in Durban in the return match. It is good for us because we are regarded as underdogs. But we are ready to compete with AmaZulu."

The 19-year-old forward was voted the 2006-07 NFD player of the season.

The youthful Sammy Troughton side will have to deal with seasoned campaigners such as John "Shoes" Moshoeu and Dennis "Chesa Mpama" Lota, who has rediscovered his scoring form.

The likes of George Maluleke and Clifford Mulenga should be closely monitored by the visitors' rearguard because of their ability up front.