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Brian Mandela: Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila sign Kenya international

18:24 EAT 15/10/2020
Harambee Stars defender Brian Mandela.
The 26-year-old was part of Francis Kimanzi's team that beat Chipolopolo 2-1 in a friendly played in Nairobi recently

Premier Soccer League (PSL) newbies Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) FC have confirmed the signing of Harambee Stars defender Brian Onyango Mandela.

TTM bought Bidvest Wits’ PSL status a few months ago and have been busy in the transfer market, signing players to bolster their squad. Among the players confirmed by the Limpopo province-based side is the Kenya international who has vast knowledge in the South African game.

The 26-year-old started his career at Posta Rangers in the 2010 season and after a year, he secured a move to the 11-time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Tusker FC where he played for two years before he moved to South Africa.

Mandela's first stop was at Santos where he played for three seasons and made 48 appearances, scoring three goals in the process.

His exploits interested Maritzburg United who went for his signature in 2015. He managed to make 77 appearances for the Team of Choice until 2019 when his contract expired. Since then, the towering defender has been a free agent.

However, he was part of Kenya's team that beat Zambia 2-1 in a friendly match staged at Nyayo Stadium on Friday, October 9. Mandela started in the heart of the Francis Kimanzi-led charges but was substituted later on for Wazito FC defender Johnstone Omurwa.

Mandela will now be part of Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila for the 2020/21 campaign.

In a previous interview, Tshakhuma Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sello Chokoe hopes the Clever Boys finish the current campaign in the top eight in the league and qualify for next season's MTN8 competition.

"We are hoping Wits can finish in the top eight so we can play [in the] MTN8. We are not in the PSL to make up numbers," Chokoe told Power FM.  

"We want to be in the top eight consistently and fight to win the league. Even in NFD, we were in the play-offs last season..."  

Thabo Mnyamane and Gustavo Paez are other quality players who have been signed.