New kids on the block, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM), do not have their house in order with the club coach-less going into their MTN8 clash against defending champions SuperSport United on Saturday.
The Venda-based club will play their first game in the top flight after they bought the status of Bidvest Wits in June.
TTM will take on Matsatsantsa a Pitori at the Thohoyandou Stadium in Thohoyandou on Saturday. The team are without a coach after the man who had been training them, Norman Mapeza, abruptly left before signing a contract.
Technical director Joel Masutha, who joined the club only last week, is now training the team. “My position is technical director. We didn’t have many days to prepare but we don’t want to make excuses. Soldiers do not complain when they are called up for duty when a war is waged,” Masutha said.
“I have a history with the team. I was a general manager before and have always been in contact with the club even when they bought the status of Bidvest Wits.”
TTM have assembled a new team and have let go of most of their players from last season. A new team, coupled with a technical director who joined last week, could be fertile ground for a hammering against Matsatsantsa a Pitori.
“Time is against us and we need to get to work. We can’t fold our hands … so we need to prepare the team as best as we can until a coach is hired,” the former Black Leopards coach admitted.
“We have five players from the old team and two from Wits. All the others are new players. For this match I will be sitting on the bench with the other technical team members. Until there are new developments, that is how we will be working.”