Sekhukhune United head coach Brandon Truter has insisted that it takes more than an easy-on-the-eye victory over Cape Town Spurs to leave him fully satisfied.

The tactician saw his side beat the Cape Town-based club 2-0 at the Athlone Stadium, with Edwin Gyimah and Chibuike Ohizu, respectively, scoring late two goals to earn their side a hard-fought win.

The three points placed Babina Noko firmly among the DStv Premiership pace-setters after two games of the new season. But Truter is not easily convinced.

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Limpopo’s side rallied to beat Shaun Bartlett’s team, and that was the only positive pick-up by Truter from the match.

The former Moroka Swallows coach said he was not pleased with his troops’ display against the newly top-flight promoted side.

BRANDON TRUTER TAKES A WIN, BUT NOT SATISFIED

“I’m happy with the results, but not so much about the performance. I am sure they (players) would also not be happy about their performance,” Truter said.
“But, we managed to get the results, and we are happy about that, especially away from home. Because coming to Cape Town is never easy.

“They put us under so much pressure in the opening 20 minutes. But when we made a string of few passes, we looked composed. But coming to the final third, there is still a lot of work to do.

“With the lack of the amount of time between games, we have to look at that in an analytic perspective. So we are happy with the results, happy to get our first win, especially away from home.”

Truter’s side lost their league’s opener after a 2-1 defeat to the defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns last week Friday at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Sekhukhune will lock horns with Orlando Pirates in the quarter-finals of the MTN8 Cup at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday, 12 August at 18h00.

By Clifton Mabasa

Sekhukhune United coach Brandon Truter was furious at the decision to award Orlando Pirates a controversial penalty against his side during the Nedbank Cup Final in Pretoria on Saturday.

After Sibusiso Vilakazi‘s opener, Tapelo Xoki equalized through a contentious penalty just a minute before half-time. Babina Noko eventually lost 2-1 to the Buccaneers at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

Truter angrily remonstrated with fourth official Skhumbozo Gasa on the touchline, waving his hinds in the air as he clearly believed his team was robbed.

BRANDON TRUTER REFUSES TO COMMENT ORLANDO PIRATES CONTROVERSIAL PENALTY

Nonetheless, Truter refused to condemn the officials after the game. Instead, he congratulated Pirates for lifting the 2023 Nedbank Cup title.

“No, no comment, No comment on that,” Truter told the media after the match.

Brandon Truter refuses to discuss controversial Orlando Pirates Nedbank Cup penalty
Orlando Pirates crowned Nedbank Cup Champions

“I think there was an Extra-Time episode two weeks ago with Ace (Ncobo) and also Victor (Hlungwani) addressing an incident like that.

“So, If I go into talks now they will say I am sounding bitter, and I don’t want to go there, so congratulations to Pirates.”

SEKHUKHUNE UNITED TO PLAY CAF FOOTBALL NEXT SEASON

However, despite losing the Nedbank Cup finals, Sekhukhune United will participate in the CAF Confederations Cup next season.

This comes after Pirates already secured the CAF Champions League spot as they finished second in the DStv Premiership. And that means the Limpopo side have automatically qualified as the Nedbank runners-up.

 By Clifton Mabasa

Sekhukhune United head coach Brandon Truter is expecting to face a SuperSport United side more aggressive than ever as they welcome them in Polokwane on Saturday.

Truter believes that Matsatsantsa will be fired up after a stunning and shattering run of form in the 2022/2023 DStv Premiership season under coach Gavin Hunt.

Hunt witnessed his troops outclass Kaizer Chiefs at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on the past weekend. Trute on the other hand guided his side to a 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

Sekhukhune are seventh on the table, tied on 37 points with Stellenbosch, Swallows and Golden Arrows who are all fighting for the top eight.

TS Galaxy are also bidding for the spot as they are on 35 points. Matsatsantsa are level in 51 points with second-placed Orlando Pirates.

Brandon Truter anticipates an aggressive SuperSport United for Sekhukhune United
Sekhukhune United players celebrate

WHY BRANDON TRUTER EXPECTS AGGRESSIVE SUPERSPORT UNITED

Coming amid a run of six unbeaten consecutive games, Hunt’s men are expeditiously moving to qualify for the CAF Champions League.

Meanwhile, Sekhukhune will be going out all-guns-blazing—looking to book their spot in next year’s MTN8 competition. Truter says he knows how vital the game will be on the set day.

“A very, very important game for us this weekend, a very difficult game as well considering the quality of the opposition, it’s a team that wants to get to Champions League football, that makes it a cup final for them,” Truter told the club’s media department.

BIG TEST FOR SEKHUKHUNE UNITED

“It will be a test for us, but we will have to focus as we are also fighting for the top eight. So, it will be an interesting and difficult game in terms of qualities, formations, and playing styles.

“But the guys are ready. And yes, we have one or two injury concerns that might not be ready for this week. But we will put up a very capable team to secure us three points at home, that will be our aim this weekend.”

The match is scheduled to take place at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday at 15h00 as the 2022/2023 DStv Premiership campaign comes to an end.

By Clifton Mabasa

Limpopo side Sekhukhune United continued their run form after they beat Swallows 1-0 at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium on Friday evening.

A solitary strike from Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya in the 62nd minute of the game was enough for Babina Noko to claim all three points at home.

HISTORIC WIN FOR SEKHUKHUNE UNITED

It was the first time they won four league matches in a row since their promotion to the elite league.

Sekhukhune United are currently sitting in 4th position of the PSL Log. They accumulated 13 points out of 15, scoring 6 goals and conceded only 2 in their last 5 matches since Brandon Truter took over.

“I think we played very well in the first half. The only thing that was missing was the goal for us,” Truter told reporters after the match.

“We did create some chances in the half that we could have tucked away but we didn’t. Coming in at half time with the score at 0-0 wasn’t the true reflection of the game. But we knew what they would do, they minimised the space that we wanted to play so well done to them for that one.

Chibuike Ohizu of Sekhukhune against Swallows
Chibuike Ohizu of Sekhukhune against Swallows

THREE CLEAN SHEETS IN A ROW FOR BABINA NOKO

“It is another clean sheet for the defenders and they also scored a goal, so well done to them. But all the hard work and what was happening at the club we have to say thank you to God. I am just too proud of the boys,” he said.

“It is good that we are collecting the wins, the clean sheets as well so well done to the boys. It’s 1-0 wins at the moment and we want to score more. We are a team that has improved in the first five games but I feel we can do much better. We saw glimpses of what we can do at the moment in terms of bossing the ball and keeping possession.

“But we do it in patches so we will like that to be the whole 90 minutes, there is still a lot to improve. I also feel the half chances we are conceding to the opponents it’s too much and they should be eliminated.”

Their next stop will be at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on 28 January where they’ll be facing log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

By Sebastian Meso