AmaTuks to soldier on minus their stars

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

University of Pretoria are not bothered phased by facing Moroka Swallows without two influential players for Saturday's Nedbank Cup final.

Captain and central defender Obed Moyo got his third booking in their last National First Division match against Winnerspark two weeks ago while attacking midfielder Andile Jali was sent off.

AmaTuks manager Kenneth Neluvhalani said their preparations were going according to plan despite the absence of the two key players.

"It's a blow to go into the final without the two players but we have depth and coach Steve Barker and his technical staff will come up with another plan.

"We do not have to motivate our players any further after reaching the final. It's a great platform for them to impress the national selectors.

"The same applies to those who are from other countries of Africa, we all know that the 2010 World Cup qualifiers will resume on June 5."

In the absence of the inspirational Moyo, Barker is expected to rope in Manti Moholo while Shafiek Arendse looks set to replace Jali.

"We played a warm-up match against Mpumalanga Black Aces on Saturday, which ended in a goalless draw and our technical staff was happy with the performance.

"The aim was to help maintain the fitness level of our players since the league season is officially over. Aces used the game to sharpen their team for the play-offs."

The playoffs will be played next weekend.

Neluvhalani said they were in the process of finalising transport arrangements for the final scheduled for the refurbished Rand Stadium on Saturday.

"We have been in talks with the City of Tshwane and the 2010 World Cup office to mobilise support so that our people get transport to watch the final."