AmaTuks will welcome Chippa United at the Tuks Stadium on Tuesday, with the Tshwane outfit keen to hand Ernst Middendorp his first defeat
The German tactician replaced Roger Sikhakhabe during the mid-season break, with the Port Elizabeth-based club making it clear that his mandate is to keep the Chilli Boys in the PSL for next season.
They head into the encounter having lost a few key personnel. David Zulu joined Kaizer Chiefs, Mpho Mvelase moved to Orlando Pirates, Jabulani Nene recently completed his move to Polokwane City.
AmaTuks though have paraded among others as they have secured winger Bennet Chenene on-loan until the end of the season from SuperSport United while they managed to hold onto sought-after and the highly-rated Thabo Mnyamane.
The Tshwane outfit isn’t very far off the drop zone. They are just three points ahead of 15th-placed Platinum Stars, and they know that they will need to collect as many points as possible if they’re to move into the top eight bracket.
Meanwhile, the Chilli Boys, who are currently eighth in the standings, understand they could temporarily move up to fifth should they defeat their opponents on Tuesday.
Since the 2012/13 season, the two sides have met three times with AmaTuks winning two while the other match ended in a draw.
Earlier this season, AmaTuks beat Chippa United 2-1 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, thanks to goals from Geoffrey Massa and Malawian striker Atusaye Nyondo.