Absa Premiership

Players to watch in Diski final: Tuks

2015-02-24 14:42
Tuks' Nkelo Molobeli and Sundowns Siphelele Luthuli (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - University of Pretoria take on rivals Mamelodi Sundowns in the first MultiChoice Diski Challenge final at the Nike Football Training Centre in Pimville, Soweto on Saturday. Kickoff is at 12pm.

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According to Supersport, Tuks have scored 15 goals overall in the competition, after nine matches.

The following players have contributed 8 of those goals.

Botshelo Mfulwane

The midfielder-cum-striker has been one of the standout players in the Diski Challenge, finding the back of the net on three occasions. He scored his first in the second match against Maritzburg United in Soweto. His other strikes came against Kaizer Chiefs in the final group stage match and when they thumped Orlando Pirates 5-2 in the quarterfinals. Mfulwane, who was promoted to the first after impressing in the Varsity Cup, is currently two goals behind the tournament's top scorer Mothusi Gopane.

Siphelele Luthuli

The Amajita's youngster has been very impressive in competition. His partnership with the team's captain Mpho Maruping in central midfielder has raised eyebrows. He also managed to find the back of the net on one occasion, which was a brilliant free kick against Moroka Swallows on matchday three. He was rewarded with a first call-up to Bafana Bafana when they faced Ivory Coast in the Nelson Mandela Challenge clash. He later went on to represent Amajita in Russia during the twelve-team Commonwealth Cup tournament, where they were crowned champions.

Dikgang Ngcobo

The energetic striker made his comeback in style during their semifinal match against SuperSport United after sitting out the quarterfinal clash. He got Tuks the equaliser with an emphatic header from a corner and was a constant threat to the defence throughout the 120 minutes. He capped his brilliant performance by converting his spotkick in the shootouts. Ngcobo has scored twice in the competition, his first goal was against Polokwane City in matchday 5.

Mpho Maruping

The skipper has led from the front since the tournament started, scoring twice in the process. Maruping sustained an injury in the first half during their semifinal clash and got replaced. He helped Tuks to their first win in matchday two when he scored in the 2-1 victory over Maritzburg United. His other goal was against Pirates in the quarterfinal, where he netted the third with a header. The midfielder will hope to be fit for the final clash and try lead his team to glory.

It will be interesting to see if Tuks will be tempted to bring Denver Mukamba, who has scored three times in the tournament, and the reigning Absa Premiership player of the month Thabo Mnyamane.

Mukamba missed the semifinal clash to play for the senior team against Free State Stars, where he scored to earn Tuks a point. Mnyamane played in the semifinal but can now return to the PSL after serving is two-match suspension.

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