Lucky Nelukau (Gallo Pictures)
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC head coach Lucky Nelukau has explained why he wore military attire during their Nedbank Cup quarter-final against SuperSport United on Friday at Thohoyandou Stadium.
Goals from Jesse Donn and Ghampani Lungu gave Matsatsantsa a comfortable lead but the hosts hit back through Tumi Ngwepe and Naeem Amoojee to send the game into extra time.
Nelukau’s charges continued to complete the comeback as Tumelo Makha sealed the 3-2 victory for Championship side GladAfrica in front of roaring home fans, who returned to the stands for the first time this season after the announcement from Premier Soccer League boss Irvin Khoza last month. .
While the win was stunning in its own right, Nelukau stole the show as he was fully kitted out, head to toe in military gear, coaching his players from the dugout.
However, there is a sincere reason for his choices, he explained.
“We will be using this uniform every day because we honor our late brother Arnold Mudau,” Nelukau said as quoted by To start up.
“He’s my brother, my friend and he was everything to me. He was also close to the team.
“He was part of the formation of this team. He recently died following a car accident.
“The ancestors say we have to wear it every time we play. The ancestors say we have to honor it.
“Wherever I go I know he is with me. He was an honest man and he loved to bring peace to every conflict.”
TTM will face Marumo Gallants in the semi-finals, with venues and dates to be confirmed in due course.