Seasoned PSL coach Johnny Ferreira has made a surprise switch by quitting his job at Black Leopards and returning to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM).

Ferreira only joined Black Leopards in November last year, ironically after quitting at TTM. 

He was in charge only for four matches at Leopards. The first match was during the Nedbank Cup loss against Polokwane City. The resukt was followed by two league draws against All Stars as well as rivals Venda Football Academy. 

His last game in charge was a 2-1 defeat at home to Uthongathi this past Saturday. 

OLD NEW CHALLENGE FOR JOHNNY FERREIRA 

He leaves Leopards at the bottom of the Motsepe Foundation Championship after 15 matches played. Ferreira is set to take over at a TTM side that is relocating to the Free State. 

Club owner Masala Mulaudzi has confirmed that the club will be hosting their home matches at Petrus Stadium. This will begin in the first week of February when they host Platinum City Rovers. 

Meanwhile, the ban against TTM by FIFA has been uplifted. This is after TTM paid the money owed to Zimbabwean international goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda. 

Sibanda had taken the club football World governing body for breach of contract. 

FIFA CORRESPONDENCE TO TTM AND SIBANDA 

“We refer to the above mentioned matter and acknowledge receipt of the attached correspondence for the parties’ perusal.

In this regard, we take note from the mentioned correspondence. That the Creditor has received the amounts due by the respondent, the Club Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC, in accordance with the decision passed by FIFA (n accordance with Article 13 Rules Governing the Procedures of the Players’ Status Committee and the Dispute Resolution Chamber).

As a consequence, we inform you that the present proceedings are closed, and hence the registration ban imposed has been lifted.

Thank you for taking note of the above and for your valuable cooperation in this matter.”

PSL club Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila have placed head coach Lucky Nelukau on precautionary suspension following his arrest on Friday

Nelukau was allegedly arrested for assaulting criminals who had broken in at his home in Tshakhuma, Limpopo. It is alleged that the culprits used to target the days where he would be away on team duties to steal at his house. 

A source has told LimSportsZone that Nelukau was arrested on Friday after mishandling the so-called thieves. He missed the Motsepe Foundation Championship 1-0 loss to JDR Stars at Thohoyandou on Sunday. 

TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIVHANDILA BOSS SPEAKS 

“No, those are personal issues. It has nothing to do with TTM,” said club boss Masala Mulaudzi when asked about the matter. 

“Of course we are affected because it’s one of our skeletons. But we leave everything in the hands of the right authority who will deal with the matter.

“I wouldn’t want to comment on that one because I was not there, I don’t know what happened and we will have to wait for the legal process to unfold,” he said. 

“He has not done anything wrong to the team. He is still our darling, we will always support him but of course we leave it to the authorities. We don’t know what happened, we were not there.”

Nelukau is set to appear before the Thohoyandou Magistrate court on Monday morning for bail hearing.

 

Lucky Nelukau giving instructions during a match
Lucky Nelukau giving instructions during a match

RECENT TOUGH RUN IN THE LEAGUE 

TTM have found the going tough in their last five league matches. This includes the embarrassing 5-0 defeat by JDR Stars in Thohoyandou on Sunday. 

They have not collected any points with straight defeats. They are currently at position 11, four points above the bottom placed team. Vhadau Vha Damani are also 11 points below the top three, which is the promotion playoff spot. 

By Khotso Ramalatswa 

Gauteng based JDR Stars have now jumped into the top three of the Motsepe Foundation Championship log standings. This follows a ruthless 5-0 win over Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila at Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday.

The win was their eight of the season after 15 matches. They are now on 27 points, three behind log leaders Polokwane City and second placed Casric Stars. City and Stars have played the same number of games.

The JDR goals were scored by Ishmael Wadi, Tumi Ngwepe, ex Sekhukhune forward Prince Nxumalo, Tiisetso Maseko and an own goal by TTM defender Luvolwetu Mpeta.

AN IMPORTANT WIN FOR RUTHLESS JDR STARS

“A very important win for us. Yes, it gets us into the top three and an important goal difference, we have addressed that,” coach Nnditsheni Nemasisi told the media after the match.

Ishmael Wadi and Prince Nxumalo celebrate a goal for JDR Stars
Ishmael Wadi and Prince Nxumalo celebrate a goal for JDR Stars

“We have not been scoring in the past four games, we have been scoring one nil so today I am happy that we took our opportunities. Even though in the first half the players were not playing as a team but as individuals and we had to address that.

Meanwhile, TTM interim coach Ricardo Miriri admits their opponents were dominant throughout the match.

“It’s a tough one to take. We allowed them to dominate in the middle of the park though during the week we tried to emphasis that problem.

“We know what they are capable of, they are a ball playing team meaning if you don’t run with a player, they will punish you. So, we gave them too much space inside the middle of the park, hence the results,” said Miriri.

FULL MOTSEPE FOUNDATION CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Cape Town Spurs 1-0  Magesi

La Masia 1-2  All Stars

AmaTuks 0-3 Pretoria Caillies

Black Leopards 1-2 Uthongathi

Hungry Lions 0-0 Casric Stars

Baroka FC 3-1 Polokwane City

TTM 0-5 JDR Stars