Dean Furman: Kaitano Tembo has the SuperSport United dressing room
Posted: 31 July 2018 Time: 16:00
SuperSport United skipper Dean Furman has assured the players' backing for former assistant coach Kaitano Tembo to lead the club this coming season.
Tembo took over as caretaker coach at Matsatsantsa after the departure of Eric Tinkler in March, leading the side through their final seven Absa Premiership fixtures and suffering only one defeat last term, as the club narrowly escaped relegation before being catapulted into seventh place, thanks to Ajax Cape Town’s Tendai Ndoro indiscretions.
The Tshwane outfit have since allowed their long-serving former defender, who arrived at the club back in 1999 as a player, to retain the reins for 2018/19 while they continue their search for a suitable long-term candidate.
The players have welcomed the news, with many expressing plenty of support for Tembo, and Furman is no different in his assessment of the situation as he too believes the Zimbabwean tactician deserves a shot at steering the ship.
“Kaitano has been with the club for a long time, even before I was here he was the assistant, so he knows the players inside out and we know him very well,” Furman said.
“There’s a strong bond between the players and the coach, it’s not like we have to start fresh with someone new, who has new ideas. He’s taken training kind of back to basics and made it a place we enjoy going to every day.
“We’re being allowed to express ourselves and we’re enjoying our football under him, so the players have given him their full backing and we want to give him a team to be proud of this season.”
Following last season’s disastrous end to the league campaign, with their promising run all the way to the CAF Confederation Cup final arguably the main reason for their domestic downfall, the Bafana Bafana midfielder is adamant they are still a side capable of challenging for honours this season.
“We certainly believe that we should be looking at the right end of the table, and not looking over our shoulders at the bottom. The league took a turn for the worse last season for a number of reasons, which I think now we can put behind us,” he stated.
“Hopefully we’ve learnt from what happened and, while people outside of the football club maybe aren’t giving us as much hope this season, we have high expectations in our dressing room.
“The coach and the board have also given us targets to reach, and as players we want to reach that and be successful this season. We want to be at the right end of the table and lifting trophies as we have done in the last few years, because there’s no better feeling than that.
“So, for us, we know the challenge that lies ahead, we know it’s a tough one but we’re fully committed to having a very good season this year.”