DStv Premiership newcomers Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila welcome Orlando Pirates to the Thohoyandou stadium this afternoon in a league clash.
Orlando Pirates head into the fixture desperate for a full three points having won just once in their last five fixtures.
The Buccaneers’ form has seen them drop out of the top three during recent weeks.
A win for the Buccaneers will see them move back into the top four while Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila could potentially move into the top eight should they defeat the Soweto giants.
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Tshakhuma vs Orlando Pirates: Live blog
Arubi, Lukhubeni, Ndengane, Ravhuhali, Thangwane, Maphangule, Ngema, Thopola, Rakhale, Manaka, Nevhulamba
Substitutes: Mhlongo, Malongoane, Timm, Mabotja, Monde, Nonyane, Mnyamane, Mudau, Ndlondlo
Sandilands, Meala, Jooste, Nyauza, Mako, Motshwari, Makaringe, Lorch, Hotto, Pule, Mhango
Substitutes: Mpontshane, Jele, Mntambo, Zungu, Monare, Ndlovu, Muwowo, Dzvukamanja, Mundele
We are focused – Rakhale
“That Orlando Pirates is my former team doesn’t necessarily mean there are emotions to distract me. After all, it’s been a while since I played for them. I have already faced them numerous times when I was at Chippa. So, I take it as any other game,” Tshakhuma attacker Thabo Rakhale told SowetanLive.
“We are always trailing, ending up drawing games we should have won. We need to start scoring first and that’s our target against Orlando Pirates. We’re playing home, that means we must go all out… not sit back.
“These things happen in football (missed chances). Even though I wanted to score but I accepted that I missed and I have put it behind me. I have been playing well after that incident, so it didn’t really set me back.”
Tshakhuma vs Orlando Pirates: Kick-off time and live stream
Action at the Thohoyandou stadium between Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and Orlando Pirates gets underway at 17:00.
The match will be televised live on SuperSport PSL while this website will be providing live updates from the match under our ‘live updates’ heading above.
You can also live-stream the game on DSTV Now (Subscription required).
Kaizer Chiefs latest news | Reeve Frosler thrilled to be back in the mix
Reeve Frosler made his return to action after a lengthy lay off due to injury as he appeared as an 84th-minute substitute in Kaizer Chiefs’ most recent DStv Premiership encounter against Stellenbosch FC last Saturday.
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Frosler had been on the sidelines since November 2020, missing 14 games in all competitions in that time.
He is now looking forward to getting vital minutes on the field as he builds his way back to full fitness.
Commenting on his recovery after the team’s final training session ahead of their league clash against Baroka FC on Tuesday, an upbeat Frosler told the Kaizer Chiefs website: “I’ve recovered very well, the doctors and physios are happy.”
The right-back played 26 games in all competitions for Amakhosi last season and has set himself the target of using all the time he gets given by coach Gavin Hunt to play and build himself back up to full fitness.
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“I feel great,” he confirmed.
“I just need to build the confidence up again, and that will happen with game time. I want to get stronger and stronger and try and get in some minutes to get fit again.”
Having finally comeback, Frosler is happy to have put a difficult period behind him, including and the frustration of having to watch matches from home.
“During his recuperation period, it is always difficult watching from the stands,” he confessed.
“I don’t like watching from the stands or from home – I prefer watching from the bench. It was hard, but it was nice to see the guys come together and keep going. As we started working together, we started receiving better results.”
With his confidence back up, an eager Frosler is hoping to get some time against Baroka FC on Tuesday and has been keeping an eye on them.
“Baroka are a good team,” Frosler admitted.
“They know how to make life difficult for you. They are a team who are not shy to play. They lost their last game, so they obviously out to get a victory which will obviously be very difficult for us. We just have to stick by each other and go forward.”
With Reeve Frosler back as a further option for Hunt, Chiefs will be looking to continue with their four-game unbeaten run in the league.
The match at the FNB Stadium will kick off at 17:00.
Be sure to follow the action LIVE on The South African website.
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Benni McCarthy hails his AmaZulu players as a ‘bunch of winners’
AmaZulu ended their four-match winless run in the DStv Premiership with a polished 2-0 victory away from home over Baroka FC on Saturday – much to the relief of coach Benni McCarthy.
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AmaZulu had entered the match on the back of a four-match winless streak.
Benni McCarthy gave Bonginkosi Ntuli his first start of the season and it proved to be an inspired selection as he headed in the opener after 20 minutes following an expert cross from the left by Sbusiso Mabiliso.
That’s the way the match stayed until half-time with Usuthu going into the break with a 1-0 advantage.
The match remained in the balance for much of the second half before Sphelele Magubane doubled AmaZulu’s lead in the 87th minute.
Benni McCarthy’s side closed up shop in the dying minutes to pick up a well-deserved three points.
MCCARTHY WAS HAPPY WITH THE RESPONSE OF HIS PLAYERS
McCarthy was happy with the response from his players and believes it won’t be hard for him to succeed with the players he has at his disposal.
“Well deserved three points, I was really concerned after coming from a difficult game against SuperSport United where we should’ve won three points, and the heat, but you know what these players are just a bunch of winners,” McCarthy said.
“You know it’s really hard for coaches to not succeed when you’ve got players like this who are willing work hard, learn and do better. So yeah, we started the game like we finished the game against SuperSport United, high spirit and you know what, we’ve been playing fantastic football.”
“We will just have to be more consistent and be clinical up front because if we score goals, we can destroy teams and collect more points,” he added.
The “bunch of winners” quote was first used famously by former SA Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula back in 2019 when Bafana Bafana beat Nigeria in an AFCON clash.
Mbalula had previously called Bafana Bafana a “bunch of losers” in 2014 when they lost, ironically, to Nigeria as well.
AMAZULU UP TO EIGHTH IN THE STANDINGS
Those points saw AmaZulu move up to eighth place in the standings after 13 matches.
AmaZulu will next be in action on Friday, 29 January at home against Stellenbosch FC.
Kick-off at Kings Park Stadium is at 17:00.
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Gavin Hunt issues stern warning to Kaizer Chiefs bad-boys!
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt has issued a stern warning to his ‘Glamour Boys’ regarding the way the club will be run under his watch.
Kaizer Chiefs have homed some of the biggest names in South African football over the years and with that comes large egos however Gavin Hunt has signaled a strong message to his Amakhosi stars.
Junior Khanye, Japu Pule, Scara Ngobese, the list it endless. Much like their nickname (The Glamour Boys), Kaizer Chiefs have produced many of the naughtiest footballers in the country.
No space for bad boys at Kaizer Chiefs – Gavin Hunt
“This club has had too many of those players,” Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt told the media following his side’s goalless draw against Stellenbosch on Saturday.
“We don’t want those players, if I’m here they won’t be here. This club have had too many players like that so we have got to keep their feet on the ground and work hard.
“We’ve had a few players here over the years which have caused some problems and they won’t be here at Kaizer Chiefs if I’m here, that’s for sure.”
Final pass let us down – Hunt
“I thought our final ball let us down, when we got around the side that final ball. Especially in the first half we had three or four great chances. Away from home, we battled away but we could have lost it.” Gavin Hunt said.
“They had two great chances in the second half, they should have scored to be fair. Overall, I thought Kaizer Chiefs had the better opportunities.
“We played some good stuff at times. But just the final ball. All in all, it wasn’t a great performance. It was a battling performance, but we move on.”
Kaizer Chiefs next turn their attention to Baroka FC who they face on Tuesday night ahead of Saturday’s crunch DStv Premiership Soweto Derby against arch rivals Orlando Pirates.