Nothing less than a win will do when University of Pretoria travels to KwaThema for a crucial top of the table clash against Springs Home Sweepers on Saturday 03 September 2016.
Matches between Tuks and Sweepers have always been a tense affair but when the league was split into two in 2015 the two teams ended up in separate streams. The last time that the the two met was back in the 2014 season where they each won their respective home matches. Sweepers ran out 2-1 winners when they hosted Tuks at the Kwa-Thema Stadium and Tuks returned the favour by beating Sweepers 3-0 in the return leg at the UP Sports Campus in Hatfield.
In the current season, the first round clash ended in a goalless draw in Hatfield.
The two teams are joint top of the log with Tuks edging Sweepers to first position on goal difference. Neither team has lost a match thus far but Tuks has however struggled in the goal-scoring department of late. In order to stay at the top of the group, Tuks, which is coached by former Banyana-Banyana captain Simphiwe Dludlu will find the target when they meet the tactically discpiplined Sweepers side which is under the tutelage of former Banyana-Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza.
"The mood in camp is very relaxed and team is very excited ahead of this game. It is a top of the table clash, the players are fully aware of that and we know that Sweepers will be gunning for a win in their own backyard. We are not taking anything for granted because we knowverywell that Sweepers is a good side. Our approach has been to play each game like it's a cup finaland Saturday will be no different, we will play like our lives depend on it. Sweepers are a tactically sound team but we are preparing the players on all levels ofthe game. We have also focussed on the mental aspect, we need to work on the mental strength of the team as this will be a tough away game and psychological as well as emotional intelligence is of great importance.
As a team we have set ourselves goals and it is at crucial times like these that we need to focus even more and strive for excellence. We are going to KwaThema to fight with everything we have for those points;" said head coach Simphiwe Dludlu.