TuksFootball: AmaTuks’ PSL debut just around the corner
By Morris Gilbert
Posted on 14 May 2012
Three major role players in AmaTuks’ promotion to the PSL, from left to right: Dr Rendani Muluadzi (TuksSport Deputy-Director and TuksFootball’s General Manager), Steve Barker (AmaTuks’ Head Coach) and Kenneth Neluvhalani (Manager: TuksFootball).
AmaTuks will have little or no time to adjust to their new hard-earned status as Premier Soccer League (PSL) participants as their official debut will take place as early as on 10 or 11 August.
AmaTuks officially qualified for PSL status on Sunday after achieving the first position on the NFD log. However, AmaTuks will only take leave of the National First Division on 20 May, when they play Thanda Royal Zulu FC at the Absa Tuks Stadium (kick-off at 15:00).
“It took us eight years to realise the dream of earning PSL status, which gave us enough time to at least familiarise ourselves with the new challenges that are now facing us. One can never be as prepared as one would like to be, but our promotion was neither sudden nor unexpected. During this season we have made a point of being more committed, disciplined and professional than the rest of the NFD clubs in order to make the transition to the PSL easier. Our position on the log shows to what extent we managed to achieve our goal in this regard,” said AmaTuks’ Head Coach, Steve Barker.
He agreed that the challenges awaiting AmaTuks in the PSL will be huge: “We are now taking our place amongst the greats of South African football, where there will be no mercy asked or given. To be competitive will require us to become better at everything that has brought us success in the NFD.”
Barker agreed that the starting point will be to augment the current squad of contracted players by adding a few experienced players from the transfer market.
“We will try to retain as many as possible of our current players since they are, after all, the ones who made possible our success in the NFD and the subsequent PSL promotion. However, in order to be competitive, we will need imports from other sources,” commented Barker.
Dr Rendani Mulaudzi, TuksSport Deputy-Director and TuksFootball’s General Manager, said that AmaTuks’ promotion to PSL status is a living testimony to the high quality of the TuksFootball programme and the overall TuksSport commitment to excellence in its sport programmes. He added: “It shows that once the University of Pretoria put its mind to something, nothing is impossible. Getting to where we are now required a determined team effort. Our new status will most certainly impact on how potential students will look at Tuks as the place where their football dreams can and will come true.”