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Ambitious Arendse wants SuperSport top job fulltime

Interim mentor says he knows the team well

Sihle Ndebele Journalist
SuperSport United caretaker coach Andre Arendse.
SuperSport United caretaker coach Andre Arendse.
Image: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

SuperSport United caretaker coach Andre Arendse is determined to take over the reins on a full-time basis.

Arendse had been SuperSport goalkeeper mentor and Kaitano Tembo's deputy when he assumed the head coaching role as a stop-gap after the latter's sacking in April.

The 54-year-old former Bafana Bafana shot-stopper was in charge of seven games, where he won two and managed four draws with a single defeat.

Arendse's Matsatsantsa beat Orlando Pirates 2-0 in what was the last game of the season at Lucas Moripe Stadium Monday night. The win earned SuperSport a spot in the top-eight and stretched their presence in it to 22 seasons running.

The victory was secured courtesy of a Fortune Makaringe own-goal and Ghampani Lungu's penalty. Arendse has indicated he's ready to coach Matsatsantsa full-time, detailing why he reckons he is a suitable candidate.

"The mandate, first and foremost, was to get the team over the line in terms of a top-eight finish. I didn't want to place too much focus on what lies ahead. It [throwing his name in the hat] is definitely something I'd do.

"I have gotten to work with the team for a while as the assistant. I know what we have and I know the areas now we need to work on in terms of improving the team and I believe that put me in good stead,'' Arendse stated.

"I feel like I have created a rapport with the players now. We're working together and getting ourselves on the same page day-in-and-day-out in terms of what we want to achieve. So, it [taking the reins full-time] is something I would definitely consider should the club take that direction."

Arendse also revealed he'd be glad to retain experienced left-winger Aubrey Ngoma, having joined the club on a short-term deal in February. "The jury is still out in terms of 'does he stay for another season or it was just for a remainder of this season?'. Aubrey has given me the ammunition to go and fight for him because I believe he's added value,'' said Arendse.

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