Phala backs Tembo for coaching job
Posted: 18 March 2018 Time: 13:00
SuperSport United winger Thuso Phala feels interim coach Kaitano Tembo deserves a chance to prove himself as a permanent coach at the club.
Tembo has taken over in the meantime after Eric Tinkler handed in his resignation a fortnight ago, and has already overseen the club’s CAF Confederation Cup first-round matches against Angolan outfit Petro de Luanda.
This is not the first time Tembo has been asked to step in following the departure of a coach. When Stuart Baxter’s appointment as Bafana Bafana coach was confirmed, Tembo was asked to take over in some of the side’s Confederation Cup matches last year and is credited for playing a big role in Matsatsantsa’s run to the final.
Having worked with him for a number of years now, Phala believes Tembo would be able to do the job if given an opportunity.
“Under the guidance of coach Stuart, I think he learnt a lot. He’s the head coach for now and you can see how he is trying to do things back to how we were doing them under coach Stuart, and we are used to that philosophy.
“Going forward I think he is a very good candidate. I am just hoping that they give him a chance because he deserves it. He has been in the assistant coach role for long and I think just throw him in there and see how it goes. He did well when coach Stuart was leaving, he took us all the way to the [Confederation Cup] final actually. He deserves a chance to grow personally as a coach and I think he would do well.”
Tembo, who has been with the club as a player and a coach, has the task of getting Matsatsantsa into the top eight before the season comes to an end.