Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) chairman Abram Sello has given assurance to the people of Limpopo that his side will retain their Premier Soccer League status even though it won’t be the easiest run-in out of the four relegation candidates as the current season is reaching a tense finale.
As things stand, only six points separate TTM in 15th position and the bottom-placed Black Leopards. Vhadau Vha Damani have amassed 25 points after 26 games, while Lidoda Duvha have accumulated 19 points from 27 outings.
Meanwhile, Chippa United and Stellenbosch FC are not that safe at the moment as they must still fight to not be in 15th place. The Chilli Boys have 25 points, whereas Stellies have collected 26 points so far with only three games left to play for both teams.
Dylan Kerr’s side will continue their fight for survival tomorrow when they take on Maritzburg United in a league clash at Peter Mokaba Stadium with the kick-off scheduled for 15:00 in the afternoon.
During their Nedbank Cup trophy parade in Polokwane on Thursday, Sello stated that the team will now fully shift their focus to the league in order to avoid the chop or playing in the promotional playoffs.
“We will definitely survive. The way the team has impressed us in most cases and beating the unbeaten ones gives us the hope that we will do well,” he told the media.
“We are left with four games which are very important more than the Nedbank Cup final. We say we are going to return this club in the top-flight for the pride of the Limpopo people and football lovers as well.”
The chairman also sent a strong message to the doubting Thomases out there and said that: “Every person must be given an opportunity to prove for himself and everybody we can doubt, but given a chance to make sure that he delivers what he promises and the reality becomes true as nature gives everybody a chance.”
As the 2020/21 season comes to an end on a colossal of instability and strong emotions on the final day, will TTM be able to survive the regulation zone?
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By Mauwane Raophala