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Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila vs Chippa United

Final

Saturday, 08 May 2021
Kick-off: 18h00
Free State Stadium

Channel(s): Supersport PSL (202) & SABC 1

THE CUP FOR THE UNDERDOGS

This weekend will see the Premier Soccer League (PSL) crown its 2021 Nedbank Cup winner in a rather spectacular fashion, with two sides fighting for their maiden cup trophy and also a much needed cold R7 million prize money. Teams which seemed less likely to appear in a Cup final of this significance due to their form. Both squads languishing at the bottom of the table. With glory beckoning and a spot in the CAF Confederation Cup on the horizon, the determining factor will come down to hunger and definitely experience.

CHIPPA READY FOR BATTLE

Chippa United will face-off against top flight debutantes Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in what will be their first ever final appearance in their 11th year existence. This could not have been a better way to cap it off for the team from Gqeberha.

The Chilli boys have been floating with danger all season and with only five victories in the DStv Premiership, placing themselves at 15th on the log, it is rather surprising to see them in the final.

“I am looking forward to winning my second Nedbank Cup‚ but I don’t think it will be easy for us because TTM will also be out to win the cup since this is also their first final‚” said Nyiko Mobbie, Chippa United’s right-back. The on loan player from Mamelodi Sundowns first won the Nedbank Cup in 2018 with Free State Stars.

TTM ON BRINK OF HISTORY

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila fresh from beating Kaizer Chiefs, the record winners of the Nedbank Cup, will feel a bit more confident going into the final than they did a week ago. The DStv Premiership newcomers have been struggling to put a foot up as they wither into 14th positon after game week 24.

“It is a cup final, so league form goes out the window. The players are excited and wanting to impress. This week we have had training sessions with no injuries, which is almost unheard of. It’s an important game for the club and players, it could be the one and only chance for these players to reach a cup final. Our opponents have got a couple of good results behind them and have a new coach [in Vladislav Herić],” TTM coach Dylan Kerr told SuperSport.

TTM’s fortunes have been much better under the new ownership of businessman Dr Abram Sello who bought the club whilst it was in shambles and what a way this would be to round off their first season in the top flight. It will be their first and last Cup final appearance under the current badge representation.

“For me it is a privilege, I’m very honoured to be in this country, 30 years after I played in a cup final [with Arcadia Shepherds]. Especially after last season, where we lost in the semifinal while I was at Baroka. Everybody involved in the club, the staff and the players, we have got something to achieve. I told the players, no-one remembers the runners-up and losers, don’t be one of them when it comes to eight o’clock on Saturday night.” Dylan Kerr added

THE FOCUS

The two clubs, both in their first major finals have very little history between them, having only played each other twice, each with a win and a draw.

The Chilli boys will be counting on the physical presence of Bienvenu Eva Nga and Augustine Chidi Kwem to show their class in the final. Between the two strikers they have scored nine goals and could pose a real threat to TTM’s leaky defence.

TTM on the other hand have much more experienced season campaigners in their ranks whom have won plenty of silverware over the past decade with Thabo Rakhale, Thabo Mnyamane, Lerato Lamola and Mogakolodi Ngele among their firepower. The question remains, will they be able to use their experience to edge the Chilli boys and make history for the Limpopo side?

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