MAXINE TWADDLE

AmaTuks will be looking to keep their place in the top half of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) log when they take on Golden Arrows at home on Wednesday.

No PSL matches have been played since December to accommodate the 2013 African Cup of Nations. AmaTuks drew their last game of 2012 2-2 against Maritzburg United.

Currently, AmaTuks are sixth on the PSL table after 16 matches with 23 points. Only two points separate AmaTuks from fourth-placed Free State Stars, who have 25 points. AmaTuks won five games during the first half of the side’s first PSL season. They drew eight games and lost three.

AmaTuks will need to gain momentum going into the second half of the PSL campaign if they wish to finish in the top half of the table. The team will be hoping to be boosted by home-ground advantage in Wednesday’s match against Golden Arrows.

Arrows are placed 13th on the log with 16 points from the same number of matches. They have won four games, drawn four and lost eight.

AmaTuks won the corresponding fixture 0-1 in August with Mpho Maruping scoring the only goal of the match.

AmaTuks strengthened their squad during the January transfer window. The team signed Petrus Shitembi from Namibian side Rundu Chiefs and secured Siyabonga Ngubane on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns. Free agent Oluwafemi Ayo (who has previously played for AmaTuks) also signed a contract with the Pretoria team. AmaTuks did not sell any players during the window. Diyo Sibisi is on loan to Mpumalanga Black Aces and Ramahlwe Mphahlele returned to Mamelodi Sundowns after a loan spell at the University of Pretoria.

Photo: Tebogo Moyai

TEAM POINTS
1. Kaizer Chiefs 35
2. Orlando Pirates 34
3. Platinum Stars 31
4. Free State Stars 25
5. Maritzburg United 24
6. University Of Pretoria 23
7. Bloem Celtic 21
8. Supersport United 20
9. Bidvest Wits 19
10. Mamelodi Sundowns 18
11. Moroka Swallows 17
12. Black Leopards 17
13. Golden Arrows 16
14. Ajax Cape Town 15
16. AmaZulu 12
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