AmaTuks held Mamelodi Sundowns to a 1-1 draw in an ABSA premiership clash at the Tuks stadium on the 13th of December.
A first half goal by Thabo Mnyamane was cancelled out by Khama Billiat in the second half.
AmaTuks began the match like a house on fire after their first chance came as early as the third minute through a low shot from Vuyisile Ntombayithethi that was punched away by Kennedy Mweene.
Teko Modise nearly put Masandawana ahead after his fine free kick was saved by Arubi, Billiat picked up the loose ball and hit the crossbar from point-blank range in the 5th minute.
AmaTuks allowed Sundowns to keep the ball and they relied on counter attacking to cause problems for Sundowns in the first 20 minutes but poor finishing saw them fail to score.
Mnyamane forced another save from Mweene in the 32nd minute through a powerful shot. 2 minutes later AmaTuks took the lead after Kennedy Mweene could not hold on to Geoffrey Massa’s powerful free kick that resulted in Thabo Mnyamane picking up the pieces to place the ball into the net.
Sundowns came back from halftime with more intent as they dominated and they levelled matters in the 49th minute when Cuthbert Malajila found Khama Billiat in the six yard box who tapped in to make it 1-1. Masandawana came close to taking the lead in the 74th minute after Malajila miscued his effort from point-blank range.
Neither of the two teams could find the winner in the last 30 minutes and both had to settle for a point.
Coach Sammy Troughton was delighted with the performance from AmaTuks as he expressed his sentiments after the match, “The lads pushed hard today, I thought we were brilliant at times against a top side like Mamelodi Sundowns with brilliant players. The players showed the fighting spirit we were working and that together with good finishing will see gather a couple of wins in the near future”.