Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila 1-0 Chippa United: Vhadau Vha Damani clinch Nedbank Cup
Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo of Tshakhuma FC, May 2021
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The Limpopo-based side lifted its maiden major trophy since the club's formation in 2015 thanks to Ndlondlo's long range strike 

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) will represent South Africa in next season's Caf Confederation Cup after securing a 1-0 win over Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday night.

Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo was the hero for Vhadau Vha Damani as the diminutive playmaker scored the only goal of the match in the first half at Free State Stadium. 

Vhadau Vha Damani were coming into their maiden major cup final brimming with confidence having secured a 2-1 victory over PSL giants Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday.

Just like he did against Chiefs, coach Dylan Kerr adopted an attacking approach with attackers, Thabo Rakhale and Thabo Mnyamane starting, having netted in the win over Amakhosi.

On the other hand, the Chilli Boys were hoping to carry their league form into their first major cup final having won two matches in a row against Chiefs and Stellenbosch FC.

Coach Vladislav Heric made just one change to the team which faced Stellenbosch last weekend as Thamsanqa Sangweni replaced Mduduzi Sibeko in the starting line-up.

Tshakhuma saw most of the ball in the opening proceedings with Miguel Timm pulling the strings from midfield, while Ndlondlo was looking to create chances for his teammates.

However, Chippa were able to contain the Tshakhuma with towering centre backs Sandile Mthethwa and Frederic Nsabiyumva dealing well with crosses that were played into the box.

Vhadau Vha Damani resorted to long-range shots and they managed to break the deadlock through the in-form Ndlondlo, who was named Man of the Match after the clash against Chiefs.

Ndlondlo's long-range shot took a slight deflection off Nsabiyumva and it beat Chippa goalkeeper Ismail Watenga to hand Tshakhuma a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute with Celimpilo Ngema grabbing an assist.

The Chilli Boys then took control of the match, but they could not break down Tshakhuma's solid defence and the score was 1-0 to Vhadau Vha Damani at the interval.

A lively second-half followed as the Chilli Boys looked to level matters, but the best chances fell for Vhadau Vha Damani with Rakhale setting up Lerato Lamola, who was denied by Watenga.

Uganda international Watenga nearly gifted Tshakhuma their second goal when he passed the ball straight to Ngema, who pounced, but the 23-year-old attacker placed his effort over the crossbar.

Two-time Nedbank Cup winner Anthony Laffor was introduced by Heric and the Chilli Boys surged forward in numbers as they looked to grab a late equalising goal in the closing stages.

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However, Chippa were left vulnerable at the back as Brandon Theron was sent through on goal, but the speedy player missed the target, before Mnyamane's effort was blocked by Watenga.

Ultimately, Tshakhuma ran out 1-0 winners on the night after containing Chippa in the dying minutes of the game and TTM became the first club from Limpopo to clinch the Nedbank Cup.

Tshakhuma will now take on SuperSport United in a PSL encounter on Wednesday, while Chippa are scheduled to face Black Leopards on the same day.