Medic given TTM promotion mandate

This website revealed last week that the National First Division side would be appointing the 60-year-old former Orlando Pirates assistant coach, and he is expected to be unveiled today after his paperwork is sorted out.

"We are finalising everything now because I'm still pushing this thing of work permit and everything. I'm still with him in Pretoria. It's [the deal is for] two years. Today I think everything will be done, because tomorrow he must go and join the team," club official Livhuwani Madzuhe tells

"His mandate in the next ten games is to take us to the Play-Offs, that's the first mandate. We did not even put him under pressure, it's something which we discussed with him and we agreed that it's still possible, and even he agreed it's still possible for us to qualify for the Play-Offs.

"If we fail for these Play-Offs then next season we need to get straight promotion to the PSL, then next season it's our last season for us according to our plan, because it was a three-year plan [for the club to get promoted].

"We said the second season we would be competing and if we possibly get promotion it's a bonus, but the third season it was an obvious one to say we need to see ourselves in the PSL in the fourth season.

"We sat down with him and he agreed on the mandate for these ten games because he also indicated to us that in the five home games if you collect 15 points, you are almost there. Outside if you collect maybe eight out of fifteen obviously we can be in the top three. He also agreed with us that it is possible to go to the Play-Offs.

"He's got an experience... he knows our environment, he is not new in South Africa. He has been here before. He coached NFD also. I think his tactics or philosophy fits well to our team. He even explained his philosophy, we can also see his philosophy suits our team. He plays attacking football, he believes in the young and talented players, and I think his experience and knowledge is why he became the appointed one.

"We know he was coaching in Burundi, he was also doing well there. That is why he understands this environment of Africa, we are not referring to the old one [era] when he was at Pirates, but even that one can work. But he was also following our NFD football. He knows most of the teams in the NFD, even our opponents for the next ten games he knows what he can expect from those teams."

The Serbian was in the stands as Vhadau Vha Damani lost 2-0 to Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup last 16 on the weekend.

Madzuhe adds: "We were with him when we played Chippa and he said we've got a good team with good players, they just need to be coached or they just need to be shown how to do some of the tricky things."

TTM are currently seventh on the NFD table with 28 points from 20 matches, six points away from third position. They face 13th-placed Cape Umoya United at Athlone Stadium on Friday at 15h30.

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