Absa Premiership

AmaTuks looks to put Rovers to bed

2016-03-05 10:00

Cape Town - University of Pretoria will look to avoid a big Nedbank Cup upset when they host Polokwane City Rovers in a last 32 clash.

The teams will meet at Tuks Stadium on Saturday, March 5, kick-off is at 20:15.


Tuks come into the match having claimed their equal-biggest win of the season in their last outing (3-0 at home to Chippa United on February 27). However, that result has been the exception rather than the norm for the University-based side, who have won just four times in 21 league games this term and find themselves in a battle against relegation from the PSL.

While the hosts have worries over relegation, City Rovers are looking to gain promotion from the North West stream of the ABC Motsepe League (they are based in the North West, not Polokwane – despite their club name). They come into the match in rich form, having claimed four successive wins in their ABC Motsepe division, results which have pushed them up to third on the log and within three points of the summit.


This will be the first competitive meeting of University of Pretoria and Polokwane City Rovers.


Tuks have a good pedigree in the Nedbank Cup despite never having won the competition. They famously reached the final in 2009 when they were still a National First Division team, but fell 1-0 at the hands of Moroka Swallows. Last season, the Tshwane side were beaten 3-0 in the last 16 by Bidvest Wits.

In contrast, this will be Rovers’ first appearance in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup. However, in Brian Kgafane they boast a player who has represented the likes of Baroka FC and Vasco da Gama in the competition in years gone by.


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