AmaTuks prepare for PSL season

Steve Barker says he is impressed with his team’s progress and the fact that they made the top 8 cut.

Soccer in Cape town

JOHANNESBURG - Pretoria University soccer team 'AmaTuks' have already started with their preparations for the upcoming PSL season and after an impressive debut run in the league.

They will be looking to keep up the momentum from last season despite losing out on some of his key player to bigger teams.

AmaTuks coach Steve Barker spoke to Udo Carelse about preparations for the Premier Soccer League (PSL) season and their hopes and goals.

Barker said when the team started he didn't think they would reach the top eight and adds they want to retain their status.

"It's exciting to be able to start the season and the opportunity to play a great competition like the MTN8 and it's a privilege to be in the PSL and be able to play mighty teams like Kaizer Chiefs, who are yet to beat us, so we're confident we can do something special."

"We're stronger and preparations are going well, we're going to Nelspruit next week for a training camp." Barker said.

AmaTuks have decided against signing both Sifiso Vilakazi and Mpho Maleka who were on trial recently with the club.

Barker said, "We've signed Zimbabwean player Obadiah Tarumbwa and the finalisation of his contract will be completed in the next couple of days."

The Pretoria University team will play Orlando Pirates in a friendly on Thursday at Pretoria.

"We'll use that match for seeing who our strongest 11 are at the same time work on conditioning levels."

Carelse asked Barker what he learned in the past season and the Lesotho born said AmaTuks learned to be honest, hardworking and believe they can succeed as a team.

"We have players who come in and hope to play for teams like Pirates and Chiefs and we want them to know the fact that they were signed as professional players proves they are good enough to play at the top level."

AmaTuks have also been assessing Fikru Tefera.