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.
The Glamour Boys missed a chance to move into the top eight after succumbing to a slender defeat in Polokwane
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.
Vhadau Vha Damani attacked Amakhosi from the first whistle with the likes of Thabo Rakhale, Thabo Mnyamane and Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo causing havoc for the visitors’ defence.
Njabulo Blom was booked after fouling TTM’s troublesome Ndlondlo in the 18th minute and Mnyamane forced Chiefs goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma into a fine save with a well-taken shot.
TTM continued to pile pressure on Chiefs, who were reduced to 10 players in the 38th minute when Blom was sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the game.
Mnyamane hit the crossbar with Bvuma well-beaten after Vhadau Vha Damani were awarded a free-kick in a promising area five minutes before half time.
TTM got the goal they had been looking for in the 42nd minute when Rakhale controlled the ball well, before firing past Bvuma to make it 1-0 heading into the halftime break.
Amakhosi surged forward after the restart despite being numerically disadvantaged and they were left vulnerable at the back with both teams creating chances within the first 15 minutes of the start of the second half.
Chiefs were awarded a penalty after Samir Nurkovic was fouled in the box and Lebogang Manyama scored to make it 1-1 from the rebound after his shot was blocked by Arubi from the penalty spot in the 66th minute.
It was then end-to-end stuff with Mnyamane hitting the side-netting from a free-kick in the 73rd minute and almost immediately at the other end, Bernard Parker hit the crossbar after being set up by Nurkovic.
The momentum was the hosts’ in the closing stages and they were awarded a penalty after Siyabonga Ngezana was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box and Mnyamane converted the resultant penalty to seal Tshakhuma’s 2-1 win.
Tshakhuma (1) 2 (Rakhale 42′, Mnyamane 90’+8)
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 1 (Manyama 66′)
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila:Arubi, Ndlondlo, Thopola (Theron 75′), Nkili, Nonyane, Ravhuhali, Rakhale (Nevhulamba 69′), Timm, Ngema, Mnyamane, Lamola (Molangoane 80′).
Kaizer Chiefs:Bvuma, Zulu, Ngezana, Frosler, Mphahlele, Blom, Parker, Baccus (Katsande 74′), Mashiane (Sasman 46′), Manyama (Zuma 74′), Nurkovic (Castro 88′).