Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) coach Joel Masutha says the current Fifa break got here on the proper time for his staff as they proceed to acquaint themselves with life within the topflight.
The winless newcomers have struggled to adapt to the challenges of the DStv Premiership since proprietor Masala Mulaudzi purchased the standing of 99-year-old Wits for an undisclosed charge in June‚ and Masutha conceded that the time away from the day by day stress of home soccer was welcome reduction.
“We benefited from the Fifa break‚” he admitted.
” that now we have simply assembled a brand new staff and sadly needed to begin the season 5 days after assembling the [side]‚” he mentioned.
“It takes time for the staff to gel and we used this break profitably as a result of the gamers labored collectively for a minimum of an extended time period the place we performed pleasant matches and labored on a number of combos.
“I’m proud of our combos having performed a number of pleasant matches as a result of there are enhancements.
“We might have preferred to have Justin Shonga and Mogakolodi Ngele with us however they needed to go and signify their international locations. The nice factor is that they had been taking part in.
“They’re skilled gamers and it gained’t take them lengthy to gel with the opposite guys. I can say that we’re in a greater state of affairs than earlier than the Fifa break.”
TTM began their maiden marketing campaign within the Premiership tentatively with solely two factors from a doable 9 and Masutha mentioned he used the break to work on combos and integration.
Of their three matches within the league‚ TTM drew with TS Galaxy and Mamelodi Sundowns however misplaced to Swallows FC.
Worryingly for Masutha‚ they managed to attain one objective and conceded three.
As one of many three groups but to register a win within the league this season‚ Masutha mentioned they may gun for the utmost factors once they host provincial rivals Baroka FC within the Limpopo derby at Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
“We have to begin accumulating factors‚ particularly within the first spherical‚ in order that we don’t become involved within the relegation dogfight subsequent 12 months.
“I can’t say I’m comfortable as a result of we haven’t gained a match.
“We have to win a match to get the arrogance up and to additionally present that we’re succesful.
“It’s not solely about having a very good squad‚ but in addition about profitable video games. I consider and hope that on Sunday we’ll get our first victory in opposition to an in-form Baroka staff.
“Baroka have began very nicely and so they have been collectively for a while.
“It’s a derby and Baroka will likely be coming with confidence as a result of they’d one of many higher begins to the season.
“I’m anticipating a tricky recreation‚ however I consider that now we have succesful gamers to assist us get one thing from the sport.”