‘We will start climbing the log’ – Joel Masutha

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila coach Joel Masutha believes their victory over SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 will be the catalyst for improved form this season.

TTM went into Thursday’s 1-0 victory in Thohoyandou without a victory in 10 games, but were worthy winners against a side who had already defeated them in the MTN8 and league this season.

The only goal of the game was scored by former SuperSport striker Thabo Mnyamane, but visiting goalkeeper Ronwen Williams was the busier of the two glovemen as TTM might have won by a greater margin.

“It was a tough game against a formidable opponent, the cup specialists SuperSport United,” Masutha said. “It is never easy when you play them, they had already beaten us twice [this season].

“We just said that today it has to be our game, and the guys’ attitude was right and they brought their ‘A’ game. Everything we planned came out the way we expected and the guys put in a good shift.

“I believe this will bring about the self-belief and confidence. They need to start believing that we are like any other team and we can win games, this victory will be the start of many to come and we will move up the log.”

It is the second time TTM have reached the Last 16, they beat then top-flight Polokwane City 2-1 on debut in the Nedbank Cup in 2019, before losing to Chippa United in the next stage.