The new management of the DSTV Premiership side, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila Football Club, says they made good progress in turning around the fortunes of the club. Players are also getting paid on time.
The club has now moved from the bottom of the log to the third position from the bottom. It also advanced into the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup.
Emergency Medical Services company, Protoscape, bought TTM from the previous owner, Lawrence Mulaudzi earlier this year. Mulaudzi had acquired the PSL status of the now-defunct Bidvest Wits.
TTM’s new General Manager, Alpheus Sello says players’ problems are being attended to and some have been resolved. Sello says they hope players will be motivated enough to fight to remain in the PSL.
He, however, refused to give an update in the matter between Oupa Manyisa and Buhle Mkhwanazi. The two players have taken their dispute to court and to the PSL disputes resolution committee. They are demanding a separate settlement of R2 and 5 million respectively for breach of contract.
“What we did when we acquired the club we spoke to the players, we motivated them. He is not yet appointed that is why he is not sitting on the bench, we have not yet made the decision because it is a legal matter, let me not talk about it now,” says Sello.
TTM’s captain, Lehlohonolo Nonyane, says players are now more committed because their financial problems have been resolved. “I believe when players are happy the results will show. I think since the take over of the new management there has been changes, as you know whenever there’s no problem of money and staff when such issue have been sorted out in the field of play things come easier.”
Former Black Leopards and Baroka coach, Dylan Kerr, has been with TTM since last month. He says he has agreed to assist the club until the end of the season, despite not having a contract.
“Is three and a half million reason to get into the final of the Nedbank Cup final but the priority is obviously PSL credit to the players, they have been doing well since I have been watching them, look whether I’m sitting on the stand or on the roof they can still hear my voice. I haven’t signed, I have agreed with the chairman until the end of the season,” Kerr says.
TTM has released former Leopards player, Pentjie Zulu, who was training with the club for the last two weeks. The club is keen on signing former Leopards player, Tswarelo Bereng, who is also training with the club.