Tuks aiming for survival

2013-04-02 11:55

University of Pretoria coach Steve Barker says his outfit will fight right to the end of the league season in a bid to finish as high up the table as possible.

On the back of their hard-fought goalless draw with Soweto giants Orlando Pirates at the weekend, Barker said he was cautious of targeting a specific spot in the Absa Premiership standings, preferring rather to aim for survival.

“It may be a bit of a clichéd answer but we want to finish as high as possible, and we don’t know where that is,” Barker said ahead of AmaTuks’ meeting with Bloemfontein Celtic in Pretoria tomorrow.

“It could be top eight, it could be top 10, it could be top 12 – we just want to finish as high as possible.

“And for me we are only five points off fourth position, so if we finish off strongly, finishing in the top eight is possible.”

With just two points separating the University side and eighth-placed Celtic, the top-flight rookies have an opportunity to move further away from the relegation zone and climb to the top half of the table.

“Our number one priority is to ensure that we get enough points until we are as safe as possible. Once we achieve that objective, we can focus on finishing in the top eight,” Barker said.

“The first objective is to get points on the board so we don’t have to keep looking over our shoulder.”

Midweek Premiership fixtures:

Today: Mamelodi Sundowns v Ajax Cape Town (Loftus Versfeld), Black Leopards v Moroka Swallows (Peter Mokaba Stadium), Bidvest Wits v SuperSport United (Bidvest Stadium).

Tomorrow: Free State Stars v Platinum Stars (Charles Mopeli Stadium), Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United (Peter Mokaba Stadium), University of Pretoria v Bloemfontein Celtic (Tuks Stadium), AmaZulu v Orlando Pirates (Moses Mabhida Stadium), Chippa United v Golden Arrows (Philippi Stadium).

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