Tshepo Makgoga of TTM (left) and Lugiani Gallardo of Tuks are focused on the ball.
The new head coach of Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM), Mr Momcilo Medic, received a top-class reception when his team beat the University of Pretoria (Tuks) 1-0 in their National First Division League match at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday.
Medic gave the players instructions from the team’s technical bench for the first time after joining Vhadau Vha Damani three weeks ago.
After the game, Medic credited the team’s victory to the players’ undying fighting spirit. He said his players had not thrown in the towel even though they had played the better part of the last half with 10 men. This after the team’s captain, Carlington Nyadombo, saw red for protesting against the yellow card he was given for obstructing Samuel Julies in the 50th minute.
He pointed out that his team would take part in the promotional play-offs at the end of the season if they maintained the form they had displayed against Tuks. He added that they could have increased the margin if not for the marching orders given to Nyadombo.
The home side continued to play like a team after the red card, defending in numbers and relying on counterattacks.
Medic’s counterpart from the Tuks camp, Mr Zipho Dlangalala, said they had done everything within their power to find the equalizer after TTM had been reduced to 10 men, but it had simply not been their day. He praised TTM for the spirit of togetherness they demonstrated after losing their Zimbabwean skipper.
The goal that earned TTM the three significant points came in the 35th minute. Edward Maqele intercepted a back pass and beat a defender before sending the keeper the wrong way. TTM moved one step up on the log standings. Vhadau Vha Damani are now in in the seventh spot with 32 points accumulated from 22 outings.
Date:07 March 2019 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.