Tshakhuma lift lucrative PSL cup and earn CAF ticket

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Tshakhuma players embrace Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, who scored against Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup final at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday. Photo: Muzi Ntombela / BackpagePix
Tshakhuma players embrace Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, who scored against Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup final at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday. Photo: Muzi Ntombela / BackpagePix

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Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) have turned their season of turmoil into triumph.

The one-time embattled Limpopo club are the Nedbank Cup champions.

TTM clinched the R7 million cup with a 1-0 win over Chippa United in the final at the Free State Stadium on Saturday night.

A strike from Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo in the 36th minute was enough for the Limpopo club as they did the improbable by winning a trophy in their debut season in the top flight.

The club’s trials and tribulations have been well documented in their maiden premiership campaign.

READ: Chippa and Tshakhuma put relegation worries aside in pursuit of Ke Yona loot

The change in ownership a few months ago seems to have altered the club’s trajectory in a positive way.

Much has changed at the club since Abram Sello bought the club from Masala Mulaudzi in March.

Sello will be happy that his risky investment has paid off way already.

TTM coach Dylan Kerr timeously received his work permit last week be on the bench for the final. The team will now compete in the CAF Confederation Cup next season.

TTM will be hopeful that their cup triumph will spur the team to a strong finish in the DStv Premiership were they are facing the axe.

TTM are 14th in the league with 25 points from 25 games.

READ: Cup or PSL status? Or both?

The management will be confident that the team can do well in the remaining games and avoid relegation.

The football gods perhaps frowned on Chippa for their coaching instabilities.

Trigger-happy owner Chippa Mpengesi unceremoniously fired the man who got them to the final, Dan Malesela, early last month.

Vladislav Heric took charge of a team that he played no role in leading to the final.

Nevertheless, the Chilli Boys have to pick themselves up from their loss and fight for survival in their four remaining league games.

They are in the relegation zone in 15th place in the standings with 24 points.


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Gomolemo Motshwane  

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