Thursday, 15 October 2020 21:08

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Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila will be aiming to make the perfect start among South Africa's elite when they host SuperSport United in the opening MTN8 quarterfinal of the 2020-21 season on Saturday at the Thohoyandou Stadium.

Kick-off is at 3:00pm.

TTM's place in the country's premier division and subsequent MTN8 tournament was secured when they purchased Bidvest Wits' top-flight status earlier this year.

The Limpopo club competed in the GladAfrica Championship last season and secured a third-place finish before falling short in their quest of automatic promotion via the play-offs.

TTM have completed the signings of most notably: Washington Arubi, Nicholus Lukhubeni, Ayanda Nkili, Brian Onyango, ElseMiguel Timm, Thabo Mnyamane, Lerato Lamola, Joseph Malongoane, Augustine Mulenga, Gustavo Paez, Justin Shonga, Brandon Theron, Edgar Manaka and Mokgakolodi Ngele.

Former Black Leopards and Chippa United coach Joel Masutha was officially unveiled as the club's head coach for the upcoming season on Thursday.

SuperSport,are the defending MTN8 champions, having defeated Highlands Park in the 2019 final to pick up their third top eight crown.

Matsatsantsa, led by coach Kaitano Tembo, finished a respectable fifth place in the league last season and have a stable base on which to build. However, they have lost the services of key player Aubrey Modiba, who has signed for cross-town rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.

Meanwhile Orlando Pirates will play host to Cape Town City in what promises to be a thrilling MTN8 quarterfinal showdown at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening, on the opening weekend of the 2020-21 season.

Kick-off is at 6:00pm.

Pirates ended last season in third place on the league standings and will be hoping to take another step forward under manager Josef Zinnbauer, with the club having brought in the likes of Thulani Hlatshwayo, Deon Hotto, Thabang Monare and Terrence Dzvukamanja to bolster their squad.

Elsewhere Maritzburg United will face Kaizer Chiefs in their MTN8 quarterfinal at the FNB Stadium on Sunday afternoon, kickoff at 3pm and Bloemfontein Celtic will be hoping to get revenge when they face Mamelodi Sundowns in an MTN8 quarterfinal, set for the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday 18 October 2020.

Kick-off is at 6pm.