Koketso Ramorei
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1 Mar 2014
11:00 am

Tough times facing Tuks

Koketso Ramorei

University of Pretoria will have another barren season this year.

AmaZulu's new coach Steve Barker. Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.

After crashing out of their chance of getting silverware through the Nedbank Cup, AmaTuks will have to solidify their league performances to at least achieve one of their mandates for this season; finishing in the top half of the log.

Steve Barker’s, right, charges have been blowing hot and cold this season, the reason why the team find themselves in 12th position after 19 league fixtures.

But the team soldier on this afternoon when they face Golden Arrows at the King Zwelithini Stadium.

After suffering three successive defeats since the break, Tuks registered their first victory of the year with a narrow 1-0 win over Platinum Stars.

But the battle line for maximum points has been drawn.

The last time the sides met, Tuks registered a 2-0 win but Arrows must be arrogant this time in an effort to swim out of the relegation quagmire.

Arrows are languishing at the foot of the log without a permanent coach. Clinton Larsen has recently been linked with the top job, but the club announced that Shaun Bartlett and Bheka Phakathi will be taking over as joint-caretaker coaches until the end of the season.

Arrows have won only four of their 18 league encounters and the 13 points, suggesting that the team will have to work even harder to survive the chop at the end of the season.

The only glimmer of hope for them is their participation in the Nedbank Cup. But the chances there are also slim since they will be facing Mamelodi Sundowns in the last-16 round of the cup competition.

Kick-off is at 3.30pm.