Five Tshakhuma players with point to prove
TTM, who are under the guidance of coaches Mpho Maleka and David Mathebula, are heading into an epic semi-final clash against defending champions Sundowns as the underdogs with a place in the Nedbank Cup final at stake.
Here are five players who are expected to feature against Masandawana and they will have a point to prove:
The experienced winger suffered a career-threatening injury during his time with Kaizer Chiefs in an MTN8 match against Free State Stars in August 2018.
Molangoane struggled to regain his old form after recovering from the injury and he was released by the Soweto giants in June 2020.
The 33-year-old has managed to revive his career at TTM and he will be hoping to show that he remains an influential player against Sundowns.
The right-back-cum-winger is enjoying his breakthrough season in the top-flight while on loan at Tshakhuma from Sundowns.
Lukhubeni has cemented his place in the Vhadau Vha Damani starting line-up with good displays, having made 22 appearances across all competitions for the Limpopo-based side.
The promising player will be determined to prove that he deserves to play for Masandawana's first team next season.
The former Bafana Bafana international has had to find a place where he can enjoy his football again after being released by SuperSport United in July 2020.
Mnyamane was unlucky with injuries during his time with SuperSport, found himself struggling for game time and was subsequently let go by the Tshwane giants.
The left-footed attacker, who won the Nedbank Cup with SuperSport in 2017, will be keen to remind everyone of his undoubted ability.
The attacking midfielder is one of the reasons why Tshakhuma are in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals having produced a Man of the Match performance against Black Leopards in the quarter-finals.
Since then Ndlondlo has been in and out of TTM's starting line-up with the likes Collins Ngema and Edgar Manaka being preferred ahead of the diminutive player.
Ndlondlo will be eager to play an instrumental role in helping his side reach the final and prove that he should be a regular in the TTM starting line-up.
The experienced striker was released by Sundowns in January 2020 without playing a single competitive match with his contract being terminated after he went AWOL.
Rantie is now looking to revive his career at Tshakhuma having impressed with his work rate in the team's recent 2-0 win over TS Galaxy on April 10, where he also grabbed an assist.
The former Orlando Pirates player, who was written off by many after he left Sundowns, will be eager to prove that he remains a quality striker by inspiring TTM to a win.