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AmaTuks’ up to tough challenge because of their preparation

By Mokgethi Maleka

Posted on 28 April 2010

The AmaTuks striker, Mduduzi Makwakwa on his way to break the deadlock of the day.
The AmaTuks striker, Mduduzi Makwakwa on his way to break the deadlock of the day.

AmaTuks rose to the occasion against Jomo Cosmos on Sunday (25 April) in their Nedbank Cup last 16 match because they left nothing to chance in their preparation.

“We never expected an easy game. We knew it would be tough and that things eventually could go down to the wire and therefore prepared ourselves mentally and physically accordingly,” commented assistant coach Selaotse Mosala on AmaTuks’ win, only secured after a penalty shoot out (4-2). Even after extra time the two teams were still tied at 1-1.

It was during this critical part of the match that AmaTuks showed true determination.

Team manager, Graham Oosthuis said it was a particularly satisfying win since the going is definitely tougher this year. That AmaTuks’ win to secure a booking in the quarter-finals took place in the Rand Stadium was even very special as it was on the same pitch where they lost in the 2009 Nedbank Cup final.

Opening the penalty shoot, was AmaTuks’ captain, Joseph Mthombeni followed by Miguel Rodrigues. AmaTuks’ goalkeeper, Siya Mngoma’s blocked two of Cosmos’ shots which left Phethego Maebela and Thabang Monare to finish the task for the UP students.

Phethego got the nod as man of the match.

“It’s mixed emotions when you get called for the man of the match award, but a handful of thanks to my team mates, coaches and the support we had” said Disco, as he more commonly known.

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