SuperSport United in search of a new centre-back
Posted: 7 August 2018 Time: 12:00
SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo admits his team is in need of defensive cover as they look to bolster their squad ahead of the close of the transfer window.
The Pretoria side conceded two goals in their opening match of the season in a 2-0 loss to Cape Town City, a team which they had not lost to in their previous six encounters.
And having lost three defenders in the off-season, Tembo is hoping to bolster that department in the coming weeks to provide cover for the regular centre-back pairing of Clayton Daniels and Morgan Gould.
“We are still looking to add some players in certain positions, especially defensively where we lost Denwin Farmer, Tefu Mashamaite and Azubuike Egwuekwe, and only brought in Bongani Khumalo as cover at centre-back,” Tembo said. “Luke Fleurs, who we got from Ubuntu, is still a youngster and is the future for us, but he still needs a bit of time. We definitely need cover in that position, but we will take our time and give the ones who are around a chance, and then take it from there.”
Tembo introduced new signing James Keene and loan returnee Fagrie Lakay as substitutes in the second half against City, and was pleased with their displays. He looks forward to what they can offer after given more time to settle in.
“We’re still trying to introduce them into the way we play,” he said. “They’ve played a few friendlies, which is not like competitive matches, but I’m happy with their contributions. When they came in, we had a little bit more energy in our team, where we put City under pressure and started creating a few more chances.”
SuperSport host AmaZulu in their next league tie on Wednesday ahead of their MTN8 clash against Orlando Pirates on the weekend.