The name Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila is history in South Africa football as of Thursday.
The DStv Premiership club has rebranded and will now be known as Marumo Gallants with the chairperson Abram Sello explaining the inspiration behind the club’s new name.
Sello stated that the name was based on the bravery shown by TTM in the recently concluded season, surviving relegation from the 2020/21 DStv Premiership through their fighting spirit, courageous performances, and to put the cherry on top, they clinched the Nedbank Cup title.
“Many Africans when they name a newborn baby it is according to what is happening or the circumstances around the time of the birth. When the child is born during the rain, the child is named Mapula,” said Sello in a press conference where the club’s new name and logo were unveiled at Radisson Blue Hotel, Sandton on Thursday.
The direct translation of Marumo from iSepedi is “sword”‚ but also means bravery. If someone is gallant, they behave bravely.
“So we as the club also adopted the trend, the new name of the club is inspired by our journey together since February until the off season,” he said.
“A journey that has been rough but also a journey that has seen victory at the end, the name is a tribute to the bravery of our soldiers – players. The new name of the club is inspired by the journey that has been rough outside the field but also made us experience victory and tribute to the soldiers of our team. We’re ready to fight to make this brand bigger.”
“[The name] Marumo Gallants is a promise to all our fans that we will fight to continue to remain in the league for all time‚” Sello said.
Sello had bought TTM from the club’s previous owner, Lawrence Mulaudzi, following the club’s highly publicised financial struggles upon acquiring the top-flight status of Bidvest Wits with reports of players not being paid.
Sello also confirmed that the club will be based in Limpopo in Polokwane. “We will be based in Polokwane, the club will remain in Limpopo and all our facilities in the province and our side office in Sandton for the convience of marketing,” he said.
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi
at Radisson Blue Hotel, Sandton