Kerr Ready To Make History With TTM
Tshakhuma Head Coach Dylan Kerr says he and the players are ready to make history in the Nedbank Cup final against Chippa United on Saturday, and bring the trophy back to Limpopo.
With both Tshakhuma and Chippa playing in their first ever final, it’s chance for both clubs to make history, and Kerr, who finally received his work permit this week, is excited for the game.
Kerr has been at the club for almost three months, and throughout the cup campaign, but has had to rule from the stands, with assistants Mpho Maleka and David Mathebula on the bench, though he finally joined them in the dugout when TTM beat Kaizer Chiefs midweek.
Kerr says the players are really up for the game, and he jokes that in the build up to the game, there have been no players complaining about niggles, as they all want to play.
“The players are all excited and wanting to impress,” Kerr said in the pre-match presser.
“It’s quite funny, I think this week is the first week we’ve had a training session with no injured people getting treated on the bench, they were all training.
“So it’s an important game, not only for the club, but for the players because it may be the one and only chance that these players might get to a final.
“So going into the game, we go into it prepared against a Chippa team, that like us will be struggling in the league but have got a good couple of results behind them. And obviously they’ve appointed a new technical director, or head coach, as I see he is.
“It’s for me, it’s a privilege, and I’m very honoured that I’m in this country after 30 odd years, where I last played in a cup final that I’m able to do it again, and especially on the disappointment of last season’s results against Bloemfontein Celtic when we got beat in the semi final whilst I was at Baroka.
“But you know, it’s going to be a very, very tough game. And we’ve, we’ve got the disadvantage of having one day training preparation, because we played (on Tuesday) against Kaizer Chiefs. So, you know, the Chippa players and staff will have had extra days rest, extra days training, and you know, that doesn’t go well for us.
“But we had a very, very good performance (against Chiefs), which was very, very successful, up until to the 96th minute.
“And you know, we’ve got to look forward to this cup final and create history. I think it will be the first time it will be won in the Limpopo province the Nedbank Cup, correct me if I’m wrong?”
Kerr is of course also delighted to have that work permit.
“Ja, it’s nice to be finally on the bench. And I’ll be honest, I’ll give credit to Mpho and David, you know the inexperience of being in PSL, the learning that they’re doing, and the learning that they’re enjoying, I’ve been able to stand up in the stand and and trust them with passing messages on, and relaying instructions to the players, in a different way.
“So yeah, (on Tuesday) it was good to be back on the bench. And I think the players appreciated it as well. I think they got fed up listening to Mpho shouting at them, ‘Gents, gents, gents!'”