AmaTuks' Barker won’t set top eight ambition just yet

Despite dream start to the season, AmaTuks coach Barker is wary of second half slide down the PSL table

Pretoria University coach Steve Barker is not keen yet to reset his ambitions for the season – he still wants to get past a specific points haul before he turns his attention to any other targets.

AmaTuks have made an astounding debut to their first Premier Soccer League season, finishing the year well inside the top eight with just a single away defeat and a haul of 23 points.

At the start of the season Barker talked only of survival but the question now must be another a new target for the second half of the campaign? But the coach continues to show a disciplined circumspection and makes it clear he does not want anyone to get ahead of themselves – even after all the success of the last month.

“I think first for us to get to 32 to 35 points as quickly as possible after the break,” says Barker, a target he has set as a number that will ensure they do not get involved in any relegation battle at the end of the campaign.

“If we can be in a healthy place with, let’s say, five to seven games left to play in the season, then the temptation to start talking about a top eight place might be there.

“But not before,” he insists, “let’s just keep it at one game at a time for now.”

Tuks have drawn three of their last four matches – all away from home – finishing the year on Tuesday with a 1-1 tie at Maritzburg. They have lost just once in their last seven games.