University of Pretoria’s senior management thank AmaTuks and supporters for participating in the Nedbank Cup
Posted on 27 May 2009
On behalf of the University, I would like to take this opportunity to thank AmaTuks and the team’s supporters for carrying the flag of the university high during their three-month participation in the Nedbank Cup.
AmaTuks were beaten 1-0 by Moroka Swallows last Saturday in a game played at the Rand Stadium (in Johannesburg). AmaTuks bowed out of the Cup with their heads held high. Many big teams have fallen on the wayside during the Nedbank Cup campaign but AmaTuks went all the way to the final.
AmaTuks played well and created many goal-scoring opportunities. Luck was just not on their side. The result could have gone either way. What counted in Swallows’ favour was the vast experience of their players. Many Swallows players have played in the PSL for years and they have participated in different high-competitive games.
The University of Pretoria is proud of its team’s performance. The team’s performance is an indication that First Division teams can also hold their own against their seasoned counterparts who ply their trade in the PSL. Last year, Mpumalanga Aces also reached the final only to be knocked out by Mamelodi Sundowns (1-0).
The University of Pretoria would also like to thank the multitudes of students, staff and other fans who, in the last three months, rallied behind AmaTuks. Your support, coupled with the team’s performance, made people to take note. Regardless of your loss against Swallows last Saturday, soccer followers across the country regard AmaTuks in high esteem. They acknowledge your fighting spirit and the impressive performance that you displayed since your first match in the Nedbank Cup.
On Sunday night, Mthokozisi Yende (AmaTuks midfielder) was named Player of the tournament by the Nedbank Cup organizers. His team-mate Andile Jali was named the most promising player of the tournament.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the two players.
Professor Calie Pistorius
Vice-Chancellor and Principal