Stuart Baxter, coach of Supersport United and Kaitano Tembo, assistant coach of Supersport United during the Supersport United media open day at the Megawatt Park Sunninghill in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 12, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Saturday Jun 24, 2017. 13:00
SuperSport United assistant coach Kaitano Tembo has explained that his side has learned their lessons from losing the Telkom Knockout final last year, as they target Nedbank Cup glory later today.
Matsatsantsa will face Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup final in Durban this evening, with the Tshwane team looking for a repeat of last season’s final triumph over the Buccaneers.
Yet they come into the clash having lost one cup final in the course of the 2016/17 season, notably going down at the hands of Cape Town City in the Telkom Knockout toward the end of 2016.
Ironically Eric Tinkler, the man who masterminded CTC’s triumph in that match, will be United’s new coach from next season. Tinkler is taking from Stuart Baxter, who will pick up his duties with the South African national team full time once the Nedbank Cup final is completed.
Tembo, who has been in charge of SuperSport’s recent CAF club match because of Baxter’s Bafana Bafana work, says his team is desperate to avoid another final defeat.
“I think we’ve got to worry more what we have achieved and what we have yet to achieve this season,” said Tembo.
“We went to the Telkom Knockout final and we lost, and I think it’s very important as well in terms of players they realise that, as far as we have gone to two cup finals, but we haven't won anything yet.
“I think psychologically we will be looking at it that way, that we need to win something this season and this gives us a very good opportunity to try and win silverware, and still possibly go through to the quarterfinals of the Confed Cup. I think that will be a success for us.”
Tembo added, “Coach Stuart is very professional coach and I've learn a lot from him since he arrived at the club.
“He has put in a very professional structure which has allowed me to to work well and try and take over whenever he's not around, but at the same time you could see the result haven't changed. He's always around. He's always phone call away and we've always worked well together.
“I really appreciate the opportunity which I got from him, to say 'you can lead the team in my absence’. I think it’s all because of the work he has put in that we have been getting results, and I'm really happy with that.”