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Lefa Tsutsulupa and Bongani Zungu © Backpagepix

AmaTuks eye Swallows scalp

University of Pretoria will go on search of only their second victory at home in the Absa Premiership when they take on Moroka Swallows at Tuks Stadium on Wednesday night, kick-off 7pm.

AmaTuks continued their struggle on home turf when they lost against Golden Arrows last week.

The University side have only managed to win one game at home, drawing four and losing three in the process and have slipped to seveth place on the log.

AmaTuks captain Tebogo Monyai is wary of his team’s recent bad form and admits that Wednesday night’s game will be another tough task.

“It is going to be a tough game for us, they beat us 1-0 in a training game in the off period and they would like to repeat that come Wednesday,” says Monayi.

“We haven’t been good at home and it’s key that we change our mind-set and turn our stadium into a hunting ground.”

Mame Niang has had a stellar season and he will again be a key player for AmaTuks on Wednesday night. The Senegalese striker has struggled to find the back of the net in recent times, but will take heart from the fact that he scored a brace the last time he played against Swallows.

AmaTuks as a whole have struggled to finish off chances subsequently costing them valuable points.

“We focused on scoring and finishing at our practice sessions as we have struggled finishing off chances. We have also looked at our defence because we have conceded soft goals,” added Monyai

Moroka Swallows, on the other hand, haven’t produced the sort of form that saw them finishing second on the league table last season.

The Dube Birds have only managed to win five games this season, drawing three and losing nine and are currently in 12th place on the log.

Swallows captain Lefa Tsutsulupa denied that the off season victory over AmaTuks caries any meaning, but is confident that his side can grab all three points on Wednesday night.

“Every game is different, we are taking it step by step. Wednesday night is all about us getting maximum points, getting creative and playing well, and I am sure we will give AmaTuks a run for their money,” said Tsutsulupa.

The Dube Birds will be pleased that Siyabonga Nomvethe is starting to regain full fitness. Nomvethe played a pivotal part in the team’s campaign last season and he will again play a vital part in Swallows aim to climb the table.

“It’s a good feeling to be back, the best part of all is to finally join the guys on the pitch again,” Nomvethe explains.

In the first meeting between the sides earlier this season AmaTuks ran out 3-2 victors at the Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium.


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