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Barker Mentors Vellios

Evangelos Vellios has no problem in sharing the fact that AMATUKS head coach, Steve Barker, has been his mentor for a number of years. 
Not only has Barker guided and assisted the young coach, but Vellios has also been fortunate enough to share an office with the rest of the PSL side's technical staff. 
There's no doubt that the amateur wing of the TuksFootball Academy have benefited tremendously from having a direct link to a professional side. The end result is clear for everyone to see.
UP-Tuks is undoubtably the Academy's flagship team of the amateur section and have already tasted success in the Varsity Football tournament having won the competition in 2013.
The side currently find themselves second on the log after handing the University of Limpopo a 5-1 drubbing in Round Four of the tournament to hand the Pretoria students their third win of the campaign.
It's been a near perfect start to the competition for the defending champions as their only blemish came at the hands of Gauteng rivals the University of Johannesburg who demolished them 4-0 at home.
Vellios believes the team showed great courage to bounce back after that defeat when they played 24-hours later in a USSA match and left victorious.
"24 hours after the defeat to UJ, we had to play in the USSA competition. We managed to pick up a victory there and that showed enormous character from the squad. It's a good result (against UL) as we needed to send a reaction following last week's defeat," he said.
It takes massive character to bounce back straight away after suffering a 4-0 defeat at home but Vellios has allowed his experienced players to take the lead by lifting the rest of the squad.
"We let the guys who played Varsity Football last year and those who have been through that type of situation before take the lead to lift the squad's spirits. We were also fortunate enough to have former players at training during the week, so the younger guys were able to learn a few things from them," he added.
Vellios remains focused on regaining the top position on the log as it would hand them a home semi-final and, if they progress from there, a home final as well. 
UP-Tuks will host current log leaders NWU-Mafikeng in Round Five of the Varsity Football campaign and will, in all probability, look to the PSL's technical staff for advice on how to implement an effective and efficient game plan to overcome their North West opponents.


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