Barker's Beat - AmaTuks vs Maritzburg United

This is our first ever Premier Soccer League fixture.  What a proud moment for AmaTuks to finally play our first match in South Africa’s elite football league.


 We are very excited and privileged to find ourselves competing against some of the most illustrious football clubs such as Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, just to name a few.  The euphoria and celebrations of winning the NFD title and getting promotion into the PSL are now firmly behind us.  Our focus has now shifted to strengthening and preparing a squad that will be competitive in the PSL.  The time of reputations is gone.  It is now time for character.

I am confident that we have achieved our goal of strengthening and preparing the squad for the battles ahead.  The players have been showing tremendous commitment, desire and willingness to work hard during the season we are starting today.  We fully understand the difficult challenges that lay ahead of us.  However, we have a vision – we are a people who have a dream and know what we are willing to give up in order to go up (John Maxwell).  We shall be positive in our approach and strive to finish as high on the league table as possible.  We shall take one match at a time.  Today we are playing against an opponent team that has firmly established themselves in the PSL since winning promotion a few years ago.  They have an astute and established coach in Ernst Middendorp and some quality players.  This game will therefore not be easy – it will be a test of our character, strength and resolve.  Nonetheless, we shall approach it with a positive, energetic and committed performance.  It is our home ground and we want to make this stadium our fortress.  We want all the supporters to rally behind the team and cheer us with energy.  We want our supporters to be our 12th player indeed with your energy and support. 

We are committed to make this season a joyous everyone of you present here today.

Thank you!