United coach Kaitano Tembo sees light at the end of tunnel

SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo.
SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo.
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For a club that has become accustomed to winning trophies almost every season, SuperSport United will likely look back at the current season with a sense of disappointment.

Matsatsantsa a Pitori missed out on all three cup competitions on offer and only a miracle can help them clinch the Absa Premiership.

In his first season in charge, coach Kaitano Tembo led the team to the MTN8 final but lost out to Cape Town City.

In the league, their form has been characterised by inconsistencies where they have eight wins, five draws and six losses.

"My first year... we have been inconsistent because we started very well but lost the MTN8," Tembo reflected.

"In the earlier stages we were getting the results but we also lost our influential players and our team became disjointed.

"Even though we did not have our strongest players we managed to be in third position at the halfway mark. Now those injured players are coming back and that can only be good for us going forward."

The three-time league champions were indeed ravaged by injuries to key players, including Bradley Grobler, Thabo Mnyamane and Dean Furman.

The management has added fresh impetus to the squad with the signing of George Lebese and on-loan Mxolisi Machupu from Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits respectively.

Tembo has been pleased with the way the pair has integrated into the team.

"The two additions - George and Mxolisi - have brought a lot of difference and morale in the team. I think the confidence in the team is back now and we are in a good space."

Matsatsantsa a Pitori will face Orlando Pirates at Mbombela Stadium tomorrow night (7.30pm).

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