Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila climbed up to 14th spot on the DStv Premiership table when they beat TS Galaxy 2-0 at Emirates Airine Park on Saturday evening.
Incumbent TTM coach Dylan Kerr was still watching from the stands, as he awaits his work permit.
TS Galaxy 0-2 Tshakhuma
There were half chances for both teams in the opening quarter, but neither of the rookie Premiership teams caused problems in the goalmouths.
In the 27th minute Bathusi Aubaas had a good chance for the home team, who were creating more chances, but his header was off target.
Galaxy began to take control of the game, and looked most likely to score. However as so often happens, it was at the other end of the pitch, that the first goal was scored.
Brandon Theron opened the scoring in 41st minute, as his deflected shot beat Wensten van der Linde. A quick throw in to Tokelo Rantie saw the TTM striker break free, and he cut the ball back superbly to ‘Junior’, who scored, to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at the break.
Wayde Lekay went close in the 50th minute, but was unlucky as his headed attempt struck the crossbar.
Galaxy continued to press for an equaliser and Khaya Shozi had an opportunity in the 76th minute, but Alfred Ndengane, who was very good in defence, was able to block his effort.
But it was TTM who would wrap up the result in the 82nd minute, when substitute Thabo Rakhale and Thabo Mnyimane combined well, and Rakhale blasted in to make it 2-0.
Lekay thought he’d pulled one back in the 88th minute, but his goal was ruled off-side, in what looked a very tight call.
Galaxy were awarded a penalty in stoppage time, and Lekay stepped up but Arubi saved the striker’s effort.
A big win for TTM who move above Chippa United into 14th, out of the bottom two spots.
Coincidentally the two clubs whose Premiership franchises the teams bought at the start of the season, played each other in the ABC Motsepe leagues today as well, with Wits University (TTM) beating Highlands Park (Galaxy) 1-0 at Balfour Park.