The Glamour Boys missed a chance to move into the top eight after succumbing to a slender defeat in Polokwane
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation from the PSL by defeating Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Two goals from Thabo Rakhale and Thabo Mnyamane earned Vhadau Vha Damani a narrow win, while Lebogang Manyama grabbed Amakhosi’s consolation goal.
Vhadau Vha Damani were looking to return to winning ways after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Black Leopards last weekend and also avenge their first-round 3-0 loss to Chiefs in January 2021.
Coach Dylan Kerr adopted an offensive approach with attackers Thabo Rakhale, Thabo Mnyamane, Celimpilo Ngema, Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo and Lerato Lamola all starting.
On the other hand, Amakhosi were determined to snap their two-match winless run having let a two-goal lead slip in their 2-2 draw with Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday.
Kerr’s counterpart, Gavin Hunt made three changes to the team which faced Celtic with Bruce Bvuma, Reeve Frosler and Ramahlwe Mphahlele all making their return to the starting line-up.
TTM did most of the attacking in the opening stages with Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo causing problems to the Chiefs defence which saw Njabulo Blom pick up an early yellow card after fouling the diminutive attacker.
Bvuma was called into action by Thabo Mnyamane’s long-range shot and the Chiefs goalkeeper produced a brilliant diving save to deny the former SuperSport United forward.
Amakhosi were reduced to 10 players in the 38th minute after Blom was red-carded with the Chiefs midfield maestro having picked up his second yellow card of the game following another foul on Ndlondlo.
The hosts then took advantage of their numerical superiority over Chiefs in the 42nd minute when Rakhale controlled a cross from Mnyamane, before scoring to make it 1-0 to TTM heading into the half-time break.
Chiefs piled pressure on TTM with Manyama dribbling past two defenders on the edge of the box, before unleashing a low shot which was well-saved by TTM goalkeeper Washington Arubi.
The visitors were then awarded a penalty after Samir Nurkovic was fouled in the box by Ayanda Nkili and Manyama scored from the rebound to make it 1-1 in the 66th minute after Arubi had blocked his initial shot from the penalty spot.
The two teams then attacked each other as they searched for the winning goal and Mnyamane hit the side-netting, while Bernard Parker’s thunderous effort hit the crossbar at the other end.
The hosts were awarded a penalty in stoppage time after Siyabonga Ngezana was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box and Mnyamane converted the resultant penalty to seal TTM’s 2-1 win on the night.
As a result, Tshakhuma moved up to 14th place on the league table as they climbed out of the relegation zone and they will face Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday.
While Chiefs remained ninth on the standings as their hopes of finishing in the top eight took another knock and they are set to take on Swallows FC in a PSL clash on April 12.