SuperSport face stern TTM test

04 February, 2021

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) are set to battle with SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup 32 match at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Thursday.

SuperSport face stern TTM test

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) are set to battle with SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup 32 match at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Thursday.

Kick-off is at 5pm CAT (SA, GMT+2).

This will be an opportunity for Vhadau Vha Damani to put their struggles in the DStv Premiership aside and attempt to reach the Nedbank Cup Last 16 for the first time since 2019.

Tshakhuma, who placed 15th on the league standings, recorded their fifth successive defeat when they lost 1-0 to Bloemfontein Celtic over the weekend and they are also winless in their last 10 games.

Joel Masutha, the Tshakhuma head coach, will be determined to ensure that TTM get their revenge over SuperSport, who recently defeated them 2-0 in a league match.

"It was one of our best showings since we came back in 2021... we knew SuperSport's strengths because we controlled them," Masutha said.

"We had three very good opportunities and as usual we couldn't score and one even hit the crossbar. So, it was a bitter pill to swallow when looking at how we conceded the goals.

"Unfortunately, we didn't get a point or the win that we deserved. It was a painful loss."

Meanwhile, SuperSport are among the favourites to win this season's Nedbank Cup having won two of the last five competitions.

Matsatsantsa are enjoying a 10-match unbeaten run in the league, but they will be looking to return to winning ways after being held to a 1-1 draw by Swallows FC in their last game over the weekend.

Kaitano Tembo, the SuperSport head coach, bemoaned the injury of key midfielder Teboho Mokoena‚ but he will once again look to Sipho Mbule, who has been very influential for the team this term.

“I was happy with Jamie Webber‚ Sipho Mbule and Lucky Mohomi in the midfield‚” Tembo said.

“We don’t want Mbule to be just like another player. We want him to be someone who can create as well as score goals. He’s got about five assists and two goals at the moment.

"And that’s what I expect from players like him‚ not just to use his skill for entertainment only but to also make sure he uses them for us to win matches.”

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila: PLAYERS TO WATCH

Joseph Molangoane: The experienced winger returned to the TTM starting line-up against Celtic after serving his two-match suspension. Molangoane will be hoping to use his experience to help Vhadau Vha Damani eliminate SuperSport.

Mogakolodi Ngele: The Botswana international grabbed a brace for Tshakhuma as they suffered a 3-2 defeat to his former side, SuperSport in the MTN8 in October 2020. Ngele will be eager to haunt SuperSport by inspiring Tshakhuma to a win.

SuperSport United: PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ronwen Williams: The SuperSport captain always brings his A-game in the Nedbank Cup having helped his team win the tournament three times. Williams will be keen to play an instrumental role in helping Matsatsantsa secure a victory in Limpopo.

Sipho Mbule: The South Africa under-23 international, who has been one of the best midfielders in the country thus far this season, scored against Tshakhuma in the recent league game. Mbule will be looking to help his side claim another win over TTM.