Zimbos in tough battle as Chiefs, Tuks meet again

Kaizer Chiefs won a league and Cup double last season, but remain bitter that they have so far failed to beat Pretoria University in their previous meets.

knowledge Musona does not wish to fall to amaTuks
knowledge Musona does not wish to fall to amaTuks

The two sides have met four times since 2009, when the amaTuks were still in the National First Division and none of those games have given Chiefs any victory.

So, as the two sides meet again in an MTN8 quarter-final tie at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night, a potentially explosive tie is on the cards and as always, a number of Zimbabwean players will be among those seeking to be counted among the best on the day from each camp.

Chiefs will be seeking a win that will not only serve as revenge to their boogey side, but also a comfortable win that will underline their new-found dominance of a league in which they have already added two pre-season trophies to their haul.

Zimbabwe Warriors defensive midfielder Willard Katsande and strikers Kingston Nkhatha, Mathew Rusike and Knowledge Musona will be expected to once again put a sterling performance, as they remain some of the best players in the Amakhosi side.

Much will be expected from Musona, who recently scored on debut as Chiefs demolished Bloemfontein Celtic 4-1 to retain the Gauteng Cup. Musona, who left Chiefs about two seasons ago for a not-so-fruitful European sojourn in the books of Germany Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim, is considered one of the best signings of the season, after his previous exploits in Chiefs colours.

Katsande has also done well, especially last season, when he was one of the best defensive midfielders in the ABSA Premiership. The other two Zimbabweans could be used as substitutes in this tie and many others to follow, but not with any less impact.

Pretoria University also have their own Zimbabwean pride. Goalkeeper Washington Arubi was voted their best player for last season and will once again want to be the difference between victory and defeat for his side, while new striker, Obadiah Tarumbwa also seeks to make a lasting impression against a side everyone else would want to beat this season.

“We have sat as a team and discussed our ambitions going to the 2013-14 PSL season. We want to perform better than we did last season. There is a lot at stake and Tuks is one of the challenges we will have to go past to achieve our ambitions. They are a tough side and they proved to be that on two occasions we met last season,” said Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, Siyabonga Nkosi recently.

In other ties, Bidvest Wits’ Tinashe Nengomasha, Benjani Mwaruwari, Thomas Sweswe and Denver Mukamba will be at home and up against Ronald Chitiyo and his Bloemfontein Celtic teammates, while Simba Sithole leads the Supersport United attack against Orlando Pirates.

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