PSL break ‘will prove beneficial to Tuks’

University of Pretoria defender Buhle Mkhwanazi, believes the team’s long break from Premier Soccer League fixtures will only pay dividends this weekend when the Pretoria side face Ajax Cape Town at the Tuks Stadium.

The midweek match against Orlando Pirates that was due to be played at the Orlando Stadium yesterday was postponed to a date to be determined by the league.

The reason for the postponement is due to Pirates’ commitments in the Caf Champions League, where they have qualified for the final. They were scheduled to play their Telkom Knockout match against Golden Arrows on the same date.

Mkwanazi, though, echoed coach Steve Barker’s sentiments that the team can only take positives from their lengthy break.

“You know these breaks tend to reduce the team’s momentum somehow,” said Mkhwanazi, “but we have to take everything positive out of them. We are preparing very hard for our return to league action and hope we will be in good shape.”

AmaTuks’ break, like other teams that played in the Telkom Knockout, was extended following their loss in the opening round of the competition. Tuks lost 1-0 to Moroka Swallows, a result Mkhwanazi said the team was quick to wipe from their memory.

“All we needed to do is to learn from our mistakes and keep going,” added Mkhwanazi. “But we are aware that it is going to be tough going forward, so we need to push on and get results to make sure that we can make some progress.”

Unlike their maiden appearance in the Premiership, Tuks have found their home turf smoother this campaign, registering both of their victories in front of their fans. Barker told the club’s website that in an attempt to keep the players in the right shape, the team had played a few friendlies to keep the momentum.

“It has been a long break,” conceded Barker, “but at the same time it has given us a chance to work on the squad. We have played a couple of friendly games just to keep the momentum going”.




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