AmaTuks have once again come out of a tricky fixture with 3 points. Mpumalanga Black Aces were 2 places below AmaTuks going into the game and that meant the fixture was a 6 pointer.
Coach Sammy went with a fairly attacking formation that included 5 attacking players in Mosadi, Mnyamane, Mukamba, Massa and Nyondo.
Aces were out of the block early as Ndoro hit the cross bar with a thunderous effort in the 4th minute. Arubi and his defenders were mere spectators as the Zimbabwean rifled from 25yards out.
10 Minutes later it was the turn of Zambian, Collins Mbesuma to threaten the AmaTuks goals. With a couple of step overs he was past his marker and unleashed a trademark left footed shot that hit the side netting.
The first goal of the match came from good work Tebogo Monyai who won the ball just inside the AmaTuks half and fed Atusaye Nyondo who went deep to collect the ball. He did well to hold up the play and wait for Thabo Mosadi who was the “Gautrain” on the right wing. Mosadi played a first time cross which was skipped Geoffrey Massa to lose his marker at the near post. Mnyamane was left free in the 18-yard box and he finished with aplomb. His left footed first time shot nestled in the bottom left corner leaving Jackson Mabokwgane rooted. 23’ AmaTuks 1 – 0 Aces
Peter Ndoro had a chance to level the scores in the 34th minute when he took a free kick from about 30 yards out the stinging shot was punched to safety by countryman Arubi.
Ndoro was proving to be a real menace for the AmaTuks defence as he laid the ball for Khuboni. Arubi was in good form and made the save look easy.
With the score at 1-0 AmaTuks had a chance to extend the lead. Denver Mukamba started a move in the middle of the park
Aces equalized through Ndoro when he showed his power by driving through the AmaTuks defence and beating Arubi on his near post. 40 ‘ AmaTuks 1 – 1 Aces
The teams went in level at 1 – 1 and both coaches would have been fairly comfortable knowing that they had created decent chances in the first half.
2 minutes into the second half Aces were handed a golden opportunity to go ahead. A miskick by Davies Nkausu let Abia Nale in. The speedy winger was faced with Arubi and tried to beat him at the far post with a curling placed shot. The AmaTuks stopper made a brilliant save low to his left to keep the scores level.
57 minutes in, Thabo Mnyamane delivered a corner from the right wing, which landed at the feet of unmarked Atusaye Nyondo. The Malawian could not get over the ball enough and it cannoned into the cross bar from 6 yards out.
Ndoro was again given a chance to take the lead for his team when he took a shot from a free kick 20 yards out. Arubi was however equal to the task and made a one handed save.
AmaTuks' second came via a corner. Chenene delivered an in swinger from the right corner. Mnyamane rose highest and headed across goal. Ntombayithethi then finished off the set piece move with a left footed stab into the roof of the net. 79’ AmaTuks 2 – 1 Aces
Thabo Mnyamane was enjoying his newfound role as the “number 10” and he earner a well-deserved man of the match.
Captain Tebogo Monyai marshalled his defence to the final minute and AmaTuks won their 6th match in the ABSA Premiership and moved to 9th on the log.
The next fixture is against Maritzburg united on the 8th March at the Tuks stadium.