AmaTuks close in on Niang


The Senegalese striker bid farewell to his Matsatsantsa teammates at the weekend and now looks set to become the second player from United to join Tuks after Dipsy Selolwane.

Coach Steve Barker confirms that his club is negotiating with Niang and is hopeful something can be finalised this week still.

“We are talking to him and there is a possibility of concluding the deal with him this week.”

Meanwhile, Barker expressed happiness following Tuks’ maiden top-flight appearance yesterday, despite conceding a late equaliser to Maritzburg United.

The Tshwane side looked solid throughout and thought David Radebe’s goal had given them the three points, only for Mario Booysen to head home in stoppage time.

“I am proud of the commitment shown by the players,” Barker tells “Unfortunately we could not hold on for the victory, but I think we deserved the three points and overall I am pleased with the efforts of the players.”

Barker also lamented the absence of some of the foreign players, including Lionel Mutizwa, Moussono Mousson and Arubi Washington, who missed out due to delays in getting their work-permits sorted.

“We had six or seven players out due to their paperwork still not having been completed, but I am happy that we still managed to assemble a strong team. We hope to have a full-strength squad for our next game.”