Mr Norman Mapeza. Photo supplied.
Although the president of the club, Mr Masala Mulaudzi, refused to confirm the rumours, a fair amount of certainty exists that Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC (TTM) will announce this weekend that Mr Norman Mapeza is to be the team’s new head coach. Mr Mulaudzi admitted, however, that negotiations with the Zimbabwean mentor were at an advanced stage.
Mr Mapeza is the former head coach of Chippa United FC. His relationship with Chippa United came to an end when he unexpectedly resigned last December.
When asked about their level of readiness for the new season, Mr Mulaudzi revealed that they had recently signed several players from the local market and from abroad. He vehemently refused to reveal the names of the players who were already in the team’s camp, saying all the new recruits would be unveiled in a few days’ time. He stressed the fact that he was disappointed by the fact that most of the Bidvest Wits players had refused to relocate to Limpopo after he had bought the club’s premiership franchise about two months ago.
Mr Mulaudzi further said that the team would start with their training sessions on Monday. He revealed that the team will be in Gauteng for a pre-season camp, starting from next week.
Asked why they were signing new players before the appointment of the team’s head coach, Mr Mulaudzi said that the signing of new players had nothing to do with the appointment of the team’s head coach. He stated that he was confident that they would have assembled a formidable squad when the activities for the new season started.
Mr Mulaudzi dismissed the rumour that TTM would play their home matches at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. According to him, the team will continue to use the Thohoyandou Stadium as their home ground.
Date:02 October 2020 - 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.