'This is the SuperSport I know'
Posted: 20 February 2019 Time: 09:28 pm
SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo is convinced his charges are getting back to their best after securing a third straight Absa Premiership victory on Wednesday evening.
Defender Clayton Daniels scored the decisive goal for Matsatsantsa, while goalkeeper Ronwen Williams saved a penalty from Happy Jele late in the game as SuperSport defeated Orlando Pirates 1-0 at Mbombela Stadium.
“It was a difficult game but I think we should have wrapped it up in the first half. We created clear-cut chances, probably the final ball and decision-making [was the problem],” Tembo said on SuperSport TV.
“But at the same time I have to give it to the guys. This is the SuperSport I know. This is the SuperSport that started the season and we had lost it a little bit. We fight, we’re difficult to beat when we play this way. I’m happy we getting that back,” he continued.
“We spent the whole week working on that. We knew that their full-backs were going to go forward and that first ball out of the pressure had be out but at times we overran the ball. That final ball took long to go diagonal and it allowed their full backs some time to recover.
“We had a few breaks with Aubrey [Modiba] and Evans [Rusike] and we couldn’t just capitalise. But Wayne [Sandilands] did well, he pulled two saves on the line, and that showed the amount of pressure we were putting them.”
The Zimbabwean born tactician added that they need to guard against complacency in their upcoming matches.
“We will keep on fighting, we are taking it one game at a time. Now we can focus on Baroka, try to calm down the guys a little bit because there’s still a long way. We really need to focus on our game, recuperate and make sure we’re ready for Saturday.”
Tembo also reserved praise for youngster Jamie Webber who was brought into the side in the absence of Teboho Mokoena.
“I told him ‘I can’t protect you forever, at some point I need to throw you in there’ and said ‘go and play, do what you do at training, that’s all I want to see’ and he did exactly that. He was outstanding. He played very well. He played like a senior player. His decisions were very good, his pressing was very good. I’m happy for him,” he said.