- Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila owner Ditonkana Abram Sello has confirmed he has rewarded his players for a win over Mamelodi Sundowns
- The Polokwane-based TTM has reached the final of the Nedbank Cup for the first time and the win over Sundowns has forced Sello to give them a bonus
- Currently involved in the business sector, Sello says he could not watch his side TTM against Sundowns in the semi-finals last Sunday
Beating Mamelodi Sundowns in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup last Sunday has attracted huge financial rewards for Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila players. According to the club owner, Ditonkana Abram Sello, he refused to take the credit for the team's turnaround of fortunes despite reaching the Ke Yona final.
The Polokwane-based DStv Premiership side is in its maiden campaign in the South African top-flight but has defied the odds and are through to the final.
As they were facing a team that was brimming in confidence after overcoming Orlando Pirates 4-1 in the previous stage, TTM were hailed as heroes for stopping the Chloorkop-based giants.
Speaking to SowetanLive, Sello has opted to remain humble and credited his troops as they have set up a final against Chippa United, a match that will be staged in the Free State province on May 08. Sello told SowetanLive:
“I was shaking, panicking and my heart was beating fast during the penalty shoot-out. I nearly fainted and could not bear to watch the drama.
“I looked away when we scored the winning penalty as it was too much to take in. But I was relieved when we made it against the best team in the country.”
The website reports that the businessman in the pharmacy sector has also revealed he could not watch his men against a star-studded Brazilians at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday.
“The players, technical team and management did 80% of what I told them to do. Credit should go to them, but at this stage, I do not want them to worry too much about money.
“I am monitoring the club as I am trying out my administration skills. I gave them a monetary reward for beating Sundowns.
"I will pay everyone starting with the cleaners, security guards, and tea makers. I have dangled a big carrot, but do not want to mention the figure, but it is big money.”
The Brazilians have played to a goalless draw against AmaZulu in Durban on Wednesday afternoon and will focus on Amakhosi whom they welcome at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
Coach Manqoba Mngqithi could have missed Mkhulise if he had received a yellow card against Usuthu as he sat one yellow card short of missing their clash at the rugby venue scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
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