SIBONGILE MTHABELA

AmaTuks failed to capitalise on their home advantage after a 1-1 draw with Carara Kicks at Absa Tuks Stadium on Sunday 16 October. AmaTuks is currently second on the National First Division (NFD) table, 11 points ahead of Carara Kicks, ranked 13th.

AmaTuks had the first chance in the seventh minute, when Soumah Seydoubah missed a good scoring opportunity.

In the 15th minute, Carara Kicks put AmaTuks under pressure by playing good “carpet football”, making it difficult for the AmaTuks team to win the ball. From this point, Carara Kicks began to dominate the game but missed several scoring opportunities. The AmaTuks players also lacked the pace to keep up with the Carara Kicks players.

In the 30th minute, AmaTuks striker Soumah Seydoubah came close to scoring but the Carara Kicks goalkeeper managed to save his shot on goal.

Fifteen minutes later, Carara Kicks was awarded a penalty as a result of Siya Mngoma’s hand ball. The penalty was taken by Kelepu Luvuyo, who easily slotted the ball into the goal, giving Carara Kicks a 1-0 half-time lead.

During the second half, the first yellow card of the game was issued to Sankhana Mkandawire of Carara Kicks for time wasting, and within seconds another player, Thabo Mokgele from Carara Kicks, was issued one for tackling from behind. Thabo Mokgele was then red carded for insulting the referee. At the same, time AmaTuks defender Keeno Shellar was given a red card for diving.

In the second half, AmaTuks made the crucial substitution of Nqobile Mpala who scored the equalising goal after a left-sided cross from Aubrey Ngomo, rescuing AmaTuks from what would have been a bitter defeat at home.

Despite the draw being a disappointing result, it does mean AmaTuks is still unbeaten after nine games, making this its best start to an NFD season in years.

Photo: Mpho Tsuari

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