Although Pretoria University is new in the PSL, they have a good record in the Nedbank Cup and that will be tested against Maritzburg United on Saturday
AmaTuks are coming into this game against Maritzburg with more confidence as they have been known for performing well in this competition. In 2009 they made a name for themselves when they finished in the finals after being beaten by Swallows. In 2010 the students did well when they finished in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
This time, Tuks are drawn with a PSL club, which had not really performed well in this competition. United finished in the top eight in 2009 and 2012.
One can expect a slow paced game from both teams. United coach Ernst Middendorp is most likely to use his experienced players. The likes of Delron Buckley and Dillon Sheppard are some of the players that are expected to make their experience count when the pressure is on.
Cuthbert Malajila is one of the players that are expected to produce a positive outcome for United. He can help Sheppard further forward. Mohammed Awal’s experience in the defence will bolster the team.
Tuks on the other hand will be coming hard on the KwaZulu-Natal based club and will be hoping to maintain their good record in the Cup. Diyo Sibisi will provide them with an insight on the United side, due to his experience in KZN. He can use his knowledge on Shu-Aib Walters’ strengths and weaknesses.
It's also up to Mame Niang to prove his worth at the club. Niang became the leading goalscorer for Swallows in the PSL with 14 goals which saw him walking away with the award last time out. Veteran Dumisani Ngwenya is another potential matchwinner.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- This will be University of Pretoria’s first Nedbank Cup match as a PSL team
- University of Pretoria reached the final of the Nedbank Cup in 2009
- In 2010 Tuks were eliminated in the quater-finals
- Maritzburg United consistently finished in the top eight
- Diyo Sibisi will meet his former side for the first time in the Nedbank Cup