AmaTuks register first away win

The University of Pretoria registered their first away win of the season with a 4-2 come from behind victory over Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership encounter at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Thabo Mnyamane scored a brace for the visitors while Atusaye Nyondo and Thabo Mosadi also got their names on the score sheet.

Bongi Ntuli opened the scoring for the hosts while Thanduyise Khuboni netted his sixth goal of the season.

Golden Arrows caretaker boss Shaun Bartlett notably recalled Rudolf Bester to the starting XI while experienced pair Mzuvukile Tom and Siyanda Zwane had to settle for a place on the bench.

Meawhile, AmaTuks duo Geofrey Massa and Tebogo Monyai didn’t make the trip down to the Coast as they were suspended for the encounter.

Buhle Mkhwanazi stepped in for Monyai whiel Atusaye Nyondo replaced Massa in attack.

Arrows who desperately needed a win as they looked to climb off the bottom of the table dominated the early exchanges and looked the most likely to open the scoring.

Following a few close shaves Abafana Bes’thende found the back of the net through Bongonkosi Ntuli on the half-hour mark.

Deon Hotto made a charging run down the right flank before laying it on a plate for Ntuli who’s first time effort rather fortunately hit the underside of the crossbar before crossing the line.

It didn’t take AmaTuks long to find the equaliser with Thabo Mnyamane steering home from the edge of the area to level matters eight minutes later.

Mnyamane who joined Tuks from varsity rivals NWU-Pukke at the start of the campaign ran onto a Raymond Monama through ball before directing an exquisite outside-of-the-foot finish past a rooted Arthur Bartman, the goal was the youngsters third of the season.

Mnyamane’s strike was AmaTuks first goal away from home this season.

Thabo Mosadi could’ve added a second to their away goal tally on the stroke of halftime, but the attacker failed to find the back of the net with his thumping effort from point blank range.

Bartlett brought on Festus Mbewe for Bester at the start of the second stanza and his decision to replace the on-loan Orlando Pirates marksman should’ve paid immediate dividends.

Hotto outwitted his marker before picking out an unmarked Mbewe in the box, but the sturdy striker could only manage to direct a tame effort straight at a grateful Washington Arubi.

Mosadi made up for his earlier miss with a composed finish in the 69th minute.

The 23-year-old beat the offside trap before gliding past an onrushing Arthur Bartman and sliding the ball into the back of the net to give the visitors the lead.

Thanduyise Khuboni pulled the home side level in the 78th minute from the penalty spot after Ronald Ketjijere brought down Ntlantla Zothwane inside the area.

Tuks restored their lead a minute later through top scorer Nyondo who ran onto a long ball forward by Arubi before producing a superb finish from an acute angle.

Mnyamane sealed all three points for Tuks in the 86th minute with a cool finish to subsequently complete his brace.

The win moves AmaTuks up to 11th while Arrows remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Golden Arrows (1) 2 (Ntuli 30’ Khuboni 78’)

University of Pretoria (1) 4 (Mnyamane 38’87’ Mosaid 69’ Nyondo 79’)


Golden Arrows: Bartman; Sikhakhane, Katjiukua, Nene, Hotto, Moholo, Cele, Shange (Mlotshwa 58’), Khuboni, Bester (Mbewe 46’), Ntuli (Zothwane 76’)

University of Pretoria: Arubi; Kekana, Sibande, Shoyisa, Mkhwanazi, Matsi, Monama (Ngubane 83’), Ketjijere, Mosadi, Mnyamane (Mathosi 90+4’), Nyondo