SOCCER-TUKS

23 Jan 2015 15:37pm
TIME FOR A CHANGE: MONYAI After a challenging season which culminated in the departure of coach Steve Barker, University of Pretoria captain Tebogo Monyai says change has been good for the club. "Football is a business and we understand that. As a club it was a smooth transition for us when Barker left. And it was a change for the better," Monyai said. After eight years in charge at AmaTuks, Barker jumped ship in late November to try and rescue relegation-embattled AmaZulu. Monyai said the players did not begrudge Barker who abandoned ship in the middle of the season. "Look we understand that people come and go. We were surprised when he left but we had to accept it. We wished him all the best." Sammy Troughton and Sly Mosala were promoted from assistant coaches to take over from Barker and Monyai believed they were capable of seeing them finish in a respectable position in the league. "Sammy and Sly are two great coaches that have been doing a great job. The players are behind them all the way," he said. "They have been at the club for many years so they haven't made a lot of changes." In 12th position on the table, AmaTuks have so far registered four wins, seven draws and six losses. Since Barker's departure, they had lost one game, won one and drawn four. Monyai said the team were focused on getting their season back on track. "We are prepared for the fight of our lives in the second half. There is no way we are going down -- I guarantee that. "The team is determined to do its best." With only a two-point differential between AmaTuks and Platinum Stars, lying 15th in the relegation zone, there was little room for error. AmaTuks was an ambitious club that had set itself goals for the season, he said. "The university has a proud tradition of success and the club must also continue that culture of winning. "We can't just be in the league to make-up the numbers. We need to compete with the best." Their quest to climb the Premiership table resumes against Chippa United on February 10. Sapa /gbm/jlb