Barker pleased with Tuks triumph

Tuks coach: Steve Barker

University of Pretoria coach Steve Barker believes his side’s 2-1 league victory over Chippa United in midweek has given the team a renewed sense of confidence.

AmaTuks registered their first victory of the new season through goals from Geofrey Massa and Atusaye Nyondo to move up to eighth on the Absa Premiership log.

Although the Chilli Boys missed a lot of chances, Barker is confident the team will carry the momentum forward.

“We never expected an easy challenge from Chippa,” said Barker, “and I think, somehow it gives an indication of what the team is capable of now. It is just our third game of the season and we have to get all the points we can because you never know what will happen at the end of the race.

“Other than that, I am pleased with the performance of the  players and we have to build on this victory. It not only gives me confidence but the players look like they are settling in and gelling well together. ”

The Tshwane side were forced to contend without their new signing Zimbabwean defender Partson Jaure, who is still awaiting his work permit.

The 24-year-old Jaure, who signed from Zimbabwean champions Dynamos, is expected to fill the void left by Buhle Mkhwanazi, who joined Bidvest Wits last month.

Tuks will have ample time to prepare for their next league fixture against Free State Stars next Wednesday while this weekend is billed for the second leg of the MTN8 semifinals.

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