Back from injury. TTM’s midfielder, Meshack Maphangule. Photo supplied.
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC (TTM) lost 0-2 to Stellenbosch FC at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday evening and now Vhadau Vha Damani, as they are also known, have another mountain to climb. They will play two tough DStv Premiership League matches in the space of four days.
The Tshakhuma side will host Cape Town City at the Thohoyandou Stadium tomorrow evening (Saturday). The fact that both TTM and Cape Town City lost their midweek matches is reason enough for the local fanatics to expect a thriller. City suffered a 2-3 defeat at the hands of Moroka Swallows at the Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium.
TTM will be without their centre back, Lehlohonolo Nonyane, who is still nursing an injury. The good news about Vhadau Vha Damani is that the team’s playmaker, Meshack Maphangule, will be available for selection after watching the team’s last three games from the grandstand because of injury.
Cape Town City’s midfielder, Tim Morris, will not be part of the team that will face TTM tomorrow. He was given his marching orders in their game against Moroka Swallows on Tuesday.
TTM will host Orlando Pirates at the same venue next Wednesday, 13 January. Cape Town City and Orlando Pirates are among the top five teams on the log standings. City are lying in the fourth position with 15 points, while Pirates are a step below them with a gap of two points.
Asked about their level of readiness for the two matches, TTM’s head coach, Mr Joel “The Prophet” Masutha, was quick to mention that his charges were ready to absorb any amount of heat from the opposition.
He reiterated the fact that he had told his players to forget about the 0-2 defeat they suffered at the hands of Stellenbosch FC and focus on the matches ahead. He stated that the players were aware that the team is currently lying in the danger zone on the log standings. TTM dropped from the 10th to the 12th spot on the log, following Tuesday’s defeat.
Date:08 January 2021 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.