Kaitano Tembo remains in the coaching seat at SuperSport United

Kaitano Tembo during the Absa Premiership match between SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates at Mbombela Stadium on April 11, 2018 in Nelspruit, South Africa.
Kaitano Tembo during the Absa Premiership match between SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates at Mbombela Stadium on April 11, 2018 in Nelspruit, South Africa.
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SuperSport United players return to training next week and Kaitano Tembo looks set to take charge of their pre-season camps as the club does not appear to be close to appointing a new head coach.

Steve Komphela‚ Luc Eymael‚ Stuart Baxter‚ Gordon Igesund and Gavin Hunt Strong appear to be strong contenders to fill the vacant job while Tebogo Moloi and Rhulani Mokwena are viewed as outsiders for the seat largely because of their inexperience at this level.

Komphela is available since he was fired by Kaizer Chiefs late last season after the club failed to reach the Nedbank Cup final.

But it is going to be a tall order to lure Eymael from Free State Stars‚ Baxter from Bafana Bafana and Hunt from Bidvest Wits as they are under contracts.

Kaitano‚ who took over as caretaker coach for the last seven league matches of last season after the dismissal of Eric Tinkler‚ cannot be ruled out after he managed to collect ten out of 21 points as United avoided the drop and qualified for the MTM8.

United boss Stan Matthews could not be reached on Tuesday morning to comment on their search for a new coach.

Other PSL clubs have been clearing the deadwood and boosting their squads during the off-season break but United have only announced that they have parted ways with defender Tefu Mashamaite and striker Kingston Nkhatha.

Matthews said a few weeks ago that they would not make too many changes during the off-season but appointing a new coach would be their main priority.

“I don’t think there are going to be many changes at the club because we have the core of the team‚" he said at the time.

"It is going to be important that a coach is in place as soon as possible so that he is part of the planning in terms of player recruitment and preparation of the pre-season."

United players return to work on Monday and they will spend a week of fitness training and medicals at their base at Megawatt Park in Johannesburg.

The club will then travel to Polokwane and Durban to conduct training camps and Tembo will be in charge.

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