THE new DSTV Premiership season is about to kickoff. As TS Galaxy (TSG) Football Club we are pitted against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila. The game will be live on television on Sunday at Thohoyandou Stadium at 3.30pm. We sat down with our President, Tim Sukazi (TS) to chat about our plans for the new season.
TS Galaxy (TSG): President we are just few days before we kickoff our debut season in top flight football. Tell us our about our state of readiness.
Tim Sukazi (TS): From where I am, I would like to believe that the team is very ready. Coming from a very difficult situation of merging two teams from different backgrounds in so far as the level of football is concerned. One coming from GladAfrica Championship and one coming from the Premier Soccer League (PSL). Obviously that comes with it own dynamics. I’m pleased to report that our technical team have gone through that and have done fantastically well. All those barriers have now been broken. The team is together as one. In the playing front, it looks good. We had some opportunities of having some training matches as well. It is looking very good. We are also ready from playing point of view. This week is the most crucial week. It is a countdown towards our first game ever in the DSTV Premiership. That is also playing in the minds but we are fortunate that we have some of the Highlands Park players. They come with that level of maturity. We are looking good. The first game will put the picture very clear.
TSG: What will make you happy come the end of the season chairman?
TS: The TS Galaxy bar is extremely high. In light of what TS Galaxy has achieved so far. The biggest which is TS Galaxy lifting the Nedbank Cup. With the bar that high, It comes with expectations from the masses out there. People expect nothing but excellence from TS Galaxy. It is a situation that we put ourselves in. We are left with no choice but to meet those expectations. Even better those standards. If all put together, the results of us winning any title, championship or anything, we would take it. Our bar has been raised very high. We will go out there and meet those kind of expectations.
TSG: We’ve captured the signature of Chitiya Mususu and Myer Bevan. Tell us about how you scouted the duo.
TS: The beauty about this club is that our world wide network is very big. It is through those kind of networks that we manage to come through across these players. Mususu comes with great abilities. That will assist this club. Strikers are not easy to find world wide. We thought we were fortunate when we came through this talent. All we need to ensure now is that this talent settles. We have to start blending it with our current club. Hopefully that will give us goals. Young, Myer Bevan is 23 years old. He is a New Zealand international and also senior international for New Zealand. He comes with Golden Boots award accolade from New Zealand last season. He played 17 games and managed to score 19 goals. He also scored 12 goals in five outings for their Under-23 which took them to the Olympic Games in Japan. They have qualified. Here is a young man who can potentially make a huge difference. We couldn’t let such talent go. We did everything possible to secure them.
TSG: President can you clarify to our supporters why we will be playing our home games in Mbombela?
TS: As we speak now, there is no stadiums in KwaNdebele that can host professional football. Kameelrivier doesn’t meet the PSL standards. There are many things that are not there for a stadium to host a PSL match. They can host the GladAfrica Championship games but the PSL manual is a different proposition all together. Worse the stadium has been abandoned during lockdown. In other ways, the grass is very high. The surface is dry. There is nothing that you can do, even if you want to play pro football there. Under any circumstances, you can’t. Same goes with KwaMhlanga Stadium, it is a nice facility that has never hosted professional football for the past 30 years. It has been used as a venue for political rallies or political funerals and spinning of the cars. They spin cars in KwaMhlanga Stadium. They are that kind of a sport. Can you imagine, which football can be played there. It is not possible. We had to find the stadium that meets PSL standards. There is only one as the matter stands. It is Mbombela Stadium. That’s why the club will be playing at Mbombela Stadium for the foreseeable future.
TSG: What happened to Ludwe Mpakumpamuku and Rodney Ramagalela?
TS: Ludwe started with the team. He went in to the base camp with the club for our preparations for the incoming season but then he came to realize that he will be a third or fourth choice. He wants to play as a number one. From the goalkeepers that we have, that is not possible. That why the technical team let him go so that he could find opportunities at the club where he will play as a number one. Rodney Ramagalela met with his management team in the past week, looking at his own situation and personal circumstances, we came in to an amicable situation to part ways. These things do happen in these type of environments. When people are unable to find each other in certain areas, they agree to part ways. It is not only Rodney. It happened with other like Wayde Jooste, Thela Ngobeni and Ryan Rae. These things do happen. It is not a big issue at all. We still remains good friend. Him and I, spent hours last week talking about these kind of matters and we are on a same page.
TSG: Thank you for your time President.
TS: It is my pleasure.