Tembo: More to come from Lungu
Posted: 13 August 2018 Time: 12:00
SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo reserved special praise for new Zambian signing Ghampani Lungu, who was forced to play out of position on Saturday night.
SuperSport beat Orlando Pirates on penalties in their MTN8 quarterfinal clash at Orlando Stadium and Lungu, who typically plays as a winger or striker, operated at right-back in Soweto.
The club’s regular right-back Grant Kekana sustained an injury in Matsatsantsa’s final training session on Friday, while Siyabonga Nhlapo is also out nursing a knock. It left Tembo with no choice but to play Lungu in a position he is not familiar with, but the Zambian was excellent throughout the match, keeping up with Pirates winger Vincent Pule as well as left-back Innocent Maela, who pushed forward a lot.
“There’s still a lot to come from him. He’s actually an attacker, but we lost Grant to injury, so we did not have any other option,” Tembo said after the match, which ended 2-2 after extra-time.
“He is one boy who has the hunger and desire to succeed and I knew that he will grab this opportunity wherever he plays. I did not have any doubt in terms of his attitude, I knew he would perform. Yes, he’ll make mistakes here and there, it’s not his natural position. But I am really happy for him.
“He is well-grounded and he will improve with time as well, especially when he plays in his natural position. He scores a lot of goals, so that’s where we want him to play [upfront]. Today we just needed cover.”