The race for promotion in the GladAfrica Championship is hotting up as title-chasing Sekhukhune United square up against University of Pretoria at the TUKS stadium this afteenoon (Kickoff at 15:30).
Both sides have different objectives entering this match, Sekhukhune (chasing promotion) and AmaTuks (avoid relegation), presenting an interesting match up for the FARPost Technical Study Group (TSG)
1. Sekhukhune United
‘Babina Noko’ as Sekhukhune United is known amongst its supporters, come into this match perched at second spot and with a realistic chance of winning promotion to the elite league.
United have accumulated 27 points from 16 matches, scored 24 goals and conceded 13 goals, with a goal difference of +11 goals.
2. Key United player to watch
Sekhukhune United have done well in their maiden season in this division, and have assembled a formidable team with a right balance of youth and experience in their arsenal.
But their key weapon in this campaign has been the lanky forward Thabang Sibanyoni. The Sundowns Academy graduate is aerially strong and a potent finisher with 5 goals already this season.
3. University of Pretoria
AmaTuks began the 2020/21 season on a very positive note and after 5 matches were touted as one of the favourites for the title.
But since then, the Pretoria-based side has been on a free-fall, that has culminated in the club languishing close to the relegation zone. A dismal record of 4 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses in 16 matches explain their dire situation.
4. Key TUKS player to watch
Even in a very hopeless situation you do find outstanding players performing above themselves, and one such player is the Kimberley-born Samuel Julies.
The School of Excellence product Julies, is not only a brilliant footballer but a multifunctional, technical and dedicated soldier of TUKS, capable of creating and scoring goals.
On the balance of the log standings you will probably say Babina Noko will win this match, but their inconsistent record in their last 5 matches, where they have only won 2 makes that prediction sketchy.
Although TUKS lie in the bottom half of the table, they are a different team when playing home, the FARPost TSG anticipate a high-scoring game.
By FARPost Technical Study Group