Black Leopards' right back, Isaac Masia. Photo supplied.
The Premier Soccer League has announced the dates and venues for the Nedbank Cup quarter-final fixtures on Tuesday. The mother of all battles will be the Limpopo derby between Black Leopards and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC (TTM). Black Leopards will enjoy the home-ground advantage as the match will be played at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday evening.
Lidoda duvha and Vhadau Vha Damani will be meeting for the second time this season. They played to a 1-1 draw in their first-round league match at the same venue on Wednesday, 16 December. Unfortunately for the supporters of both teams, a winner must be determined during Sunday’s match. Should there be no winner at the end of the regulation time, 30 minutes of extra time will be added. In case no winner emerges at the end of extra time, the teams will go straight to the penalty shootout.
A quick glance at the two teams’ running in their recent matches shows that TTM are a force to be reckoned with. Vhadau Vha Damani are still to lose an official match since Dr Abraham Sello took over ownership of the club about two months ago.
TTM’s way to the quarter-final stage of the competition went via Supersport United, whom they narrowly beat 1-0 at the Thohoyandou Stadium in their Last-32 fixture. They beat Moroka Swallows 6-5 in their Last-16 round match to secure a place in the quarter-final stage. On the other hand, Black Leopards beat Jomo Cosmos 2-1 in their Last-32 round fixture before crushing Amazulu 1-0 in their Last-16 match at the same venue three weeks ago.
TTM’s strikers, Rhulani Manzini, Joseph Molongoane and Thembisani Nevhulamba, will have to double their efforts in order to penetrate the defence of Leopards, which is marshalled by Edwin Gyimah, Isaac Masia and Ethen Sampson.
Also on Sunday, Cape Town All Stars will host Pretoria Callies at the Cape Town Stadium. Chippa United will play against Richards Bay FC at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth tomorrow afternoon.
Date:12 March 2021 - 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.