Absa Premiership

Tuks welcome struggling Birds

2015-02-25 12:08
Fani Madida and Lerato Chabangu (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - University of Pretoria and Moroka Swallows will meet in a repeat of the 2009 Nedbank Cup final in this year’s last 32.

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The Birds won that Nedbank Cup final 1-0, and also beat Tuks by the same score in the last 16 of the 2013 Telkom Knockout to boast a 100% record from the teams’ two previous cup matches.

Overall, however, the record between Swallows and Tuks is dead even: in seven league and cup matches since that Nedbank Cup final, each side has claimed three wins, there has been one draw, and each has scored nine goals against the other.

AmaTuks do seem to enjoy the upper hand in the rivalry right now, having won their last two league matches against Swallows, including a 3-2 away win in Soweto in November last year, which was the most recent encounter between the pair.

On that occasion, goals from Atusaye Nyondo, Thabo Mnyamane and Partson Jaure took AmaTuks to victory, and they will be confident of another win over the Birds.

Tuks have been in good form in recent times, having put together a six-match unbeaten run in the league. Their last outing was a 1-1 draw away to Free State Stars earlier this month.

Swallows, on the other hand, are in need of a victory to get out of their current malaise. The Soweto side has suffered three successive defeats in the league (at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns, Polokwane City and Bidvest Wits) since the resumption of the PSL season earlier this month.

Both Tuks and Swallows were victims of SuperSport United in last year’s Nedbank Cup. The former were beaten 1-0 by Matsatsantsa in the last 32, while the latter lost by the same score to the Tshwane side in the last 16.

The match will take place at Tuks Stadium on Wednesday, February 25.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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