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Motaung Wary On New-Look Spurs & Weighs In On Expectation

AmaTuks head coach Tlisane Motaung says Cape Town Spurs are a different proposition under Ernst Middendorp and suggested they are not in the Nedbank Cup to add numbers.

Tuks were knocked out of the competition in the preliminary round of the competition last season against Spurs, whom they were fighting a promotion battle with.

The Urban Warriors went on to win the playoffs, returning to the top flight with Motsepe Foundation Championship winners Polokwane City.

“It’s going to be a difficult match looking at the footballing of Middendrop, I watched them against AmaZulu, there’s more speed, they run a lot compared to last season,” Motaung said ahead of the game.

“It won’t be easy under their leadership, if you look at Phewa and Cupido, they make a huge difference against AmaZulu. But we’re here to compete and we want to reach our objective.”

On the basis of balancing the league and domestic cup competitions, he boldly suggested they have built a squad capable of challenging for both promotion and an extended cup run.

“The decision we took in planning for the team, we increased the pool of players to compete,” he said before referring to their 2021/22 season.

“We have to respect the game, respect our supporters to be professional, our role is to manage the players to compete in both competitions.

“We reached the quarter-final and didn’t win the league, so what was the point of managing the players in the cup.”

The two sides will meet at Tuks Stadium on Wednesday evening at 19h00.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.