Just before the start of the season, we got introduced to the men’s team that will be representing UP-TUKS Football (AmaTuks) in the National First Division and the Varsity Football Cup. AmaTuks started off the season with the hopes of taking the Varsity Football crown for the fourth time. They lost their 1st round match to their rivals, TUT, who beat them 1-0 in a very heated match. AmaTuks faced UWC in the 2nd round where they won 2-1.
UP-TUKS then played against UJ Football where they lost 4-0. Despite the loss AmaTuks still managed to get to the semi-finals. Their hopes of coming out victorious at the Varsity Football Cup, however, was cut short by their rivals TUT, as they lost in the penalty shootout in the semi-finals. This was the second time in a row that TUT eliminated AmaTuks in a semi-final encounter of the Varsity Football Cup. In the end, it was NWU that took on TUT in the finals, where they defeated them 1-0 in a very in a heated match.
With the Varsity Football Cup out of the way, the team’s focus is now on taking home the National First Division (NFD) title. Their first encounter in this season was against Steenberg United where they won 1-0. They also won 1-0 against Cape Umoya United. So far in the NFD they have only lost one match to Uthongathi and had three draws, against Jomo Cosmos, Free State Stars and Real Kings. As things stand on the log, UP-TUKS is currently number 5 with 9 points. Some fans of them highlighted that they understand it is not easy but they believe the boys have the potential to win the NFD if they can manage to be consistent in winning matches throughout the season. AmaTuks are set for another challenge as they will be facing JDR Stars on 5 October 2019 at the Giant Stadium in Soshanguve.
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