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Chikohwa’s bittersweet evening

Ian Chikohwa of University of Pretoria celebrates his goal  during Nedbank Cup Last 16 match between Supersport United and University of Pretoria at Lucas Moripe Stadium. (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

Ian Chikohwa of University of Pretoria celebrates his goal during Nedbank Cup Last 16 match between Supersport United and University of Pretoria at Lucas Moripe Stadium. (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

University of Pretoria’s Ian Chikohwa scored his first goal for Tuks this week, but missed out on the perfect night as his side were knocked out of the Nedbank Cup.

Chikohwa says he was disappointed with the end result, which could have turned out to be a beautiful moment for him and his teammates.

“It was not to be,” said the 20-year old Chikohwa. “It could have been a whole different story had we won the match. We played really well the entire game but we lost at the last moment. But to be honest, I think our team did good.”

“It could have been the best moment in my career, especially now since I am getting more game time. But I have to say that I am happy that I scored my first goal for the club.”

Tuks went into a 3-1 lead against SuperSport United, but were pegged back to 3-3 and ended up losing on penalties.

Chikohwa added that Amatuks have improved with their performance since Shaun Bartlett took the helm at the Pretoria side. And now, the team is looking onto getting themselves out of the relegation zone.

“The coach told us to keep our heads high and it is not the end of the world for us. He saw that we gave it our all during the game and he was happy with our performance,” he added.

“We have to switch onto the league now that is the reality, especially looking at our position on the league table. With this few games left to the end of the season, we just need to make sure that we win all our matches so that we can on the safe side.”

Tuks are currently second from bottom on the league standings with 17 points.

Their quest to move out of the relegation battle will continue on Saturday, when they visit bottom side Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

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