With a new lease on life following the arrival of a new owner, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) will be looking to continue their resurgence against Swallows in the Nedbank Cup last 16 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Friday afternoon.
TTM have a new boss after little-known businessperson Abram Sello bought the club from Lawrence Mulaudzi recently.
In the month since the takeover, the team have enjoyed an unbeaten, with three wins across all competitions.
The first match was when TTM defeated SuperSport United in the Ke Yona Cup last 32 to progress to the next round.
The turnaround also coincided with coach Joel Masutha being fired, even after he guided the team in their shock win over SuperSport.
He was replaced by former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder David Mathebula and Thato Maleka as co-coaches, while Dylan Kerr is understood to be the technical adviser.
TTM’s opponents in Friday’s clash, Swallows, have had a smoother campaign from the start. The Birds’ coach Brandon Truter will be looking to consolidate their superb league form and do well in the R7 million competition. Swallows overcame Cape United 1-0 in the previous round.
Meanwhile, there are two derby clashes in this round of the competition. Cape Town All Stars take on Cape Town Spurs at Parow Park Stadium on Friday while Pretoria Callies face off with JDR Stars at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday. This means Cape Town and Pretoria will at least be guaranteed a spot in the quarter-finals.
Elsewhere, Maritzburg United host Orlando Pirates at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday where German coaches Ernst Middendorp and Josef Zinnbauer will go head to head.
Kaizer Chiefs slayers Richards Bay take on TS Sporting away at the Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.
Cape Town All Stars vs Cape Towns Spurs (Parow Park Stadium, 3pm)
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivandila vs Swallows (Peter Mokaba Stadium, 6pm)
Black Leopards vs AmaZulu (Thohoyandou Stadium, 3pm)
Maritzburg United vs Orlando Pirates (Harry Gwala Stadium, 6pm)
Pretoria Callies vs JDR Stars (Lucas Moripe Stadium, 3pm)
TS Sporting vs Richards Bay (Mbombela Stadium, 3pm)