AmaTuks ready to trouble Chiefs

Tuks host Kaizer Chiefs at the Tuks Stadium tonight hoping to cause an upset and secure a top eight spot.

FILE: Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter. Picture: Facebook

JOHANNESBURG - University of Pretoria coach Sammy Troughton says his side can't afford to play defensively against Kaizer Chiefs, in the hopes of grinding out a draw.

Tuks host Chiefs at the Tuks Stadium tonight hoping to cause an upset and continue their bid to crack a top eight spot.

Chiefs will be without goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune in goals and coach Stuart Baxter on the touchline as they are serving suspensions for dissent.

Troughton says his side will have to throw everything they have at Chiefs if they want to claim a positive result against them.

He says they have to play attacking football if they wish to walk away with a result.

"I think they probably done a lot of their work in the first half of this season. They stuttered a few times early in the second leg but you know we need points in the bag for Tuks to finish high up in the league and to avoid being pulled into the relegation battle.

"We need to play well to get anything against Chiefs, obviously they are a quality team, full of international experience, and I don't see them making too many changes."

Troughton says his boys are eager and confident of causing an upset against the Glamour Boys.

"If you don't play well against Kaizer Chiefs you can end up getting a hiding. But looking at the players at training and then the preparations we've had this past week they look energetic and excite about the game."


Wits coach Gavin Hunt says his side has been poor in front of goals recently hence they haven't been collecting maximum points.

The Clever boys have not won a game in three outings, losing two and drawing their last one against Polokwane City.

They take on an Orlando Pirates side that is yet to lose a match since their 2-0 loss to Chiefs on 6 December 2014.

Hunt says they desperately have to pull up their socks.

"We need to finish strong. We had a bad run in the last couple of weeks, won only one game in four. We got knocked out of the cup but believe you me out of the four we looked the better side, with lots of missed chances. Scoring has been a problem for us."

He says they can't wait for luck to favour them, they have to make things happen and score more goals to remain competitive in the league.

"Chances were there. Hit the post three four times and it's unfortunate but we worked hard and we just need to keep working hard. You can't hope for luck or magic in football. We just going to put our head down and stick to the basics and keep going."