What we have changed at TTM – Abram Sello


Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila owner Abram Sello says there has never been any doubt that they will keep the club in the premiership come next season, despite the troubles under the previous hierarchy.

Sello purchased the DStv Premiership status from Black Gold Trust led by businessman Lawrence Mulaudzi in January this year.

The sale came just seven months after Mulaudzi had bought the status from Bidvest Wits. But his tenure as a club boss in the South African top-flight football was marred by controversies ranging from unpaid salaries and maladministration.

Although not all financial issues have been resolved since Sello took over, the club has shown signs of rejuvenation and have reached the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup.

“I never had any doubt because when I bought (the team) they were still on nine games, they had won one, they drew some but I realised that the number of games left and I looked at the quality of players they have,” Sello told FARPost from the club’s training base in Polokwane on Monday.

“Then I realised that there is only one little thing that is needed which is human relations, good governance, and make sure that people understand themselves, understand their talent and they deliver. We have never had a doubt and even now we are not doubting, we will be there (in the DStv Premiership) next season.

“Definitely it’s our long term goal, we want to be in the PSL and be competitive and be amongst the top teams, that is our dream. This year our target is to be in the top 8 and get the Nedbank Cup final,” he said.

The pharmaceutical entrepreneur says they have an open-door policy that allows players and any other staff to raise their concerns freely.

“Good corporate governance, human relations, motivation, open-door policy, at the end of the day we are human we have to talk to each other. They must know who they are reporting to, what are they reporting, have their own concerns addressed, all emotions addressed, all needs addressed, salaries addressed, so that’s what makes them happy and so far it seems like it’s paying fruits.

“Most issues are ongoing because some of them are hidden we don’t even know them, they come one by one, but those who came along we have addressed them and the issue is who is happy and who is not happy because 80% of what came on the table are done now,” added Sello.

TTM are currently third from the bottom on the log, four points above bottom-placed Black Leopards with 12 matches remaining.

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