AmaTuks set for major overhaul, confirms Shaun Bartlett

Shaun Bartlett has revealed that the University of Pretoria are set for a major overhaul as they prepare for life in the National First Division

AmaTuks were relegated back to the NFD after finishing bottom of the Premier Soccer League promotion/relegation playoff table with Highlands Park taking their place in the Absa Premiership. 

Several players are now set to part ways with the Tshwane club as they aim to make a swift return to South Africa's top flight. 

Thabo Mnyamane has been a long term target of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates while Vuyisile Ntombayithethi, Thabo Mosadi, Ronald Ketjijere, Willem Mwedihanga, Washington Arubi, Partson Jaure, Siyabonga Ngubane, Mpho Maruping and Lennox Bacela are linked with a move away from the club. 

Moreover, Atusaye Nyondo is set to consider his future with the Tshwane team who will also have to do without the influential figure of Tebogo Monyai, who has retired from the game. Getaneh Kebede is set to return to Bidvest Wits following his loan spell in the capital. 

Bartlett said that the club will in the next couple of days officially confirm who will be let go, but has indicated that the club will have an almost entirely different team next season. 

"There isn't any interest for any of the players as far as I know, no one has contacted us, so again that is a clear indication that sometimes where player's desires and plans are...and what other clubs see...up to now we haven't received any offers," said Bartlett. 

"With budget constraints and some implications as far as financial rewards are concerned we are going to have to release some players. Some of those that stay...we are going to have to look at cutting salaries. 

"At the end of the day it is a major overhaul as far as the squad is concerned. 

"We haven't released anyone just yet, but the club will announce who will be released in the next couple of days. 

The former Bafana Bafana striker continued: "There is a new squad that is going to be coming in pretty much and it is not going to be easy knowing that there is already four/five teams fighting for promotion...teams that have been in the NFD longer than us. 

"It is going to be difficult [next season], we just need a good start. 

Bartlett will not only focus on bringing back the club to the Absa Premiership , but also restoring the club's youth development structures. AmaTuks have failed to promote youngsters to follow in the footsteps of Andile Jali and Co, but is hopeful that the likes of Brendon Konki and Sphamandla Dlamini will step up to the challenge. 

"Konki is a great, exciting talent and hopefully he will produce some good performances for Tuks," Bartlett concluded.