The Dube Birds & Tuks battle it out for PSL Promotion

The Dube Birds & Tuks battle it out for PSL Promotion
Swallows FC players warming up

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Jun 14, 2022. 11:00

In one last hurdle, Swallows FC and University of Pretoria will do battle at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, as they seek PSL Promotion in the final game of the gruelling tournament.

Kick-off is at 3pm CAT.

After a long and hard season, the Dube Birds and AmaTuks will discover the outcome of their PSL Promotion playoff bid this week.

As it stands, Tuks lead the way by a single point on the log, as they head into the final encounter with a slight advantage over the home side.

Swallows go into the game on the back of a morale deflating 2-1 loss to Cape Town All Stars. The Mother City outfit hosted the Dube Birds at the Danie Craven Stadium on Saturday, June 11 and managed to claim all three points in a match that came to a dramatic close.

Three days prior, CT All Stars and AmaTuks played to a 1-1 draw, meaning that it was advantage to Swallows at the time, however, they were unable to capitalize on the situation.

Regarding the log standings, Swallows need a win in the final game of the PSL promotion playoff to retain their spot in the DStv Premiership for next season. For AmaTuks, a stalemate would be enough to secure top flight football for the first time since 2016.

After Tuks most recent tie, defender Keegan Allan likened the circumstance as a life or death situation and that every player in South African wants to play at the highest level.

“For us, it’s a life or death game as it can transform many players’ lives,” said Allan.

“We have to go in there with a clear mind and conscience and not worry about anything other than getting a result.

“We are only worried about ourselves, just as much as we can win it, they can win it and know that.”

For Kerr and his charges, the Swallows mentor lamented his side’s mistakes in their defeat to CT All Stars but at the same time, highlighted the positives they can take from the match.

“It’s winner takes all,” Kerr mentioned.

“We lose Junaid (Sait), he picked up four yellow cards, so we lose him for this game. It’s now a matter of getting the guys to recover.

“We put ourselves in this tricky situation where we could have gone into the game needing a point, now we need three points. The positive thing about it is that we created chances, we look better.

“Mistakes again have cost us, you got to either punish teams or get punished and today we’ve been punished”

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