Friday May 07, 2021. 10:00
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and Chippa United will look to make history when they meet in the Nedbank Cup final at the Free State Stadium on Saturday 8 May 2021, kick-off at 6pm CAT.
Both teams – who are struggling in the lower reaches of the DStv Premiership – will be making their cup final debut, with the chance at a first ever top-flight trophy representing a likely once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The Chilli Boys have ousted Free State Stars, Cape Town City, Richards Bay and Pretoria Callies, while TTM’s path to the final has seen them overcome four successive top-flight opponents: SuperSport United, Swallows FC, Black Leopards and – most notably – Mamelodi Sundowns.
Chippa captain Frederic Nsabiyumva has urged his side to write their names into the history of the club: “We were saying that as players, some of us have never been in a cup final before, so it is our chance now to show what we can do,” he is quoted by SuperSport.
“Especially here in our club, we are looking forward to bringing this cup to the Eastern Cape. To play a final is something else. We know how many teams compete to reach this final, but it is only two that can be there. We are part of that.
“For us it is special also because of the history of the club, the first time in a cup final. Everyone in the province will be watching the game and we want to win the cup for them.”
Tshakhuma coach Dylan Kerr, meanwhile, has finally received his work permit and will be on the bench for the showpiece occasion. He has also urged his charges to grasp their chance at becoming club legends.
“It’s an important game for the club and players, it could be the one and only chance for these players to reach a cup final,” Kerr told SuperSport.
“Our opponents have got a couple of good results behind them and have a new coach [in Vladislav Heric]. For me it is a privilege, I’m very honoured to be in this country, 30 years after I played in a cup final [with Arcadia Shepherds].
“Especially after last season, where we lost in the semifinal while I was at Baroka. Everybody involved in the club, the staff and the players, we have got something to achieve.
“I told the players, no-one remembers the runners-up and losers, don’t be one of them when it comes to eight o’clock on Saturday night.”
Tshakhuma and Chippa have met in just one previous top-flight match, playing out a 1-1 league draw at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in November 2020, with goals from Augustine Kwem and Thabo Rakhale.