Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) chairman Masala Mulaudzi has responded to the backlash from South African football supporters on how the club has carried itself in recent times.
TTM have been in the media, mostly for the wrong reasons and faced heavy criticism on social media platforms since their purchase of the Bidvest Wits status in June this year.
In a space of 5 days, the club parted ways with coach Norman Mapeza who made a U-turn on signing a contract due to an ‘unworkable environment’ after agreeing in principle to lead the team in the upcoming 2020/21 season as he was already training the team.
Marquee signing, Oupa Manyisa has also been released by the club without kicking a ball, while there is still uncertainty on the future of some of the players.
“I am not really concerned about the reputation because the more you criticise us out there, that’s when we fix our house,” Mulaudzi told the media on Thursday.
“Without criticism, we won’t know what to do, so you are basically our advisers out there, hence we will always be available to answer your questions. So we are not worried about being criticised. You must keep criticising us because you are giving us guidance, you are one of us.
“Criticising us doesn’t mean you don’t like us, but it’s because you are concerned on how things are done at TTM so we need to fix where it’s wrong. We can’t be angry with you guys.
“The team needs a strong technical management, we are at a point where there is no time to waste. We need to beef up our management as soon as possible because we don’t want to see this team as a failure,” he said.
Two days before they make their debut in the premier division, many have tipped the club to be one of the relegation candidates, but that also doesn’t worry the TTM boss.
“You must keep doubting because you have been doubting even from day one, you were doubting that we bought an ABC (Motsepe League) status, you were doubting that we were going to make it in the NFD (GladAfrica Championship) in the first year, but we were one of the contenders for promotion in the past two seasons.
“You must keep doubting, you were doubting us when we were in the process of acquiring the PSL franchise. Some of you were saying maybe we have other partners, some of you were saying maybe we are fronting for other people. We are on our own, you must keep doubting and we will prove you right,” concluded Mulaudzi.
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By Ofhani Munyai