News that the owners of Limpopo based First Division side Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila football club have bought the status of PSL club Bidvest Wits has brought excitement to the football mad village of Tshakhuma.
Hawkers are expecting booming trade, traditional leaders have asked local government to revamp an old dilapidated stadium and fans are waiting in anticipation.
Tshakhuma is a rural village set in the hills and is best known for its reputation as a centre of farming and is home to a thriving 24 hour fruit and vegetable market.
Field of dreams…Tshakhuma tsha Madzivhandila started training on this field at the Tshisimani campus of the Vhembe TVET College in Tshakhuma while campaigning in the SA Football Association’s lower leagues. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
Humble beginnings…The old Tshakhuma clubhouse built on the grounds of the Tshakhuma primary school. The players stayed here when the team was still campaigning in the lower leagues. The land was donated by the traditional authority. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
Big dreams…Tshakhuma village headman Ike Madzivandila has asked the Makhado municipality to help revamp the old Tshakhuma stadium so the Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivandila club can train there. The field is in a dilapidated state. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
Woza PSL…Traders at the famous Tshakhuma market which operates 24 hours say the elevation of their local club to the PSL will boost their business. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
Shisa nyama…Traders like Fhumulani Muambadzi and Manyage Shonisani say the elevation of the club to the Premier Soccer League will help stimulate their business. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
Dilapidated…The change room of the old Tshakhuma stadium. Local traditional authorities have asked the municipality to develop the facility to act as a training centre for the Tshakhuma tsha Madzivandila club which will be campaigning in the Premier Soccer League. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
A village waits…The sleepy picturesque village of Tshakhuma will now have a Premier Soccer League club. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media