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TTM will defend their trophy with everything in their arsenal

Lucky Nelukau, coach of TTM during the GladAfrica Championship 2019/20 PlayOffs match between Ajax Cape Town and TTM at the Rand Stadium, Johannesburg on the 06 September 2020. Picture: Muzi Ntombela, BackpagePix

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila’s form in the Nedbank Cup has been in stark contrast to their league campaign.

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila are still on course to defend their Nedbank Cup trophy as they host rivals Marumo Gallants at the Thohoyandou Stadium in tonight’s semi-final (7pm kick-off).

TTM head coach Lucky Nelukau expressed his optimism about facing his former employers Gallants as his players look sharp and motivated, plus with the added boost of him knowing the playing personnel of their opponents.

“We are ready for Gallants, so I hope they’re ready for us as well. I see the looks on my players’ faces at training, and I can tell they’re really positive and want to bring this cup back home,” he said.

“I’m very aware of their playing style. As you may know, I signed 95% of the players at Gallants, so their style of play is very similar to ours.”

Tshakhuma, as odd as it may sound, have been the surprise packages this season. The Limpopo-based club are currently two places above the relegation zone in the GladAfrica Championship, with an outside chance of still getting the chop.

Their form in the Nedbank Cup, however, has been in stark contrast to their league campaign.

They have played some of the competition’s most entertaining football, grabbing the scalps of Premiership sides Golden Arrows and SuperSport United along the way.

Nelukau laughed off the fact that Gallants, who played under the name of TTM last season, feel as if they’re the defending Nedbank Cup champions, with a bulk of the squad that won it last season on the books of ‘Bahlabane Ba Ntwa’.

“We are the defending champions, the name on the cup is Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, so we are the defending champions and we will defend it again. But we have to win this ‘final before the final’ match against Gallants.”

Dan Malesela and his Gallants side will be seeking some improvements in their ranks. It’s no secret that the Limpopo team play a specific brand of football, but their recent form in front of goal is uninspiring.

Gallants have scored just two goals in six matches in all competitions, a return they will hope to improve on against a leaky TTM outfit.

This enticing Limpopo derby has all the makings of a classic, with two entertaining teams with a chip on their shoulders in front of an expected huge sell-out crowd, with a huge trophy on the line.

The match will determine which team will face either Mamelodi Sundowns or Royal AM in the final.

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