Kaitano Tembo taking SuperSport United coaching experience in his stride
Posted: 13 August 2018 Time: 16:00
SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo has downplayed his new role as a full-time head coach and insists he is now accustomed to the pressures of the hotseat.
Tembo was handed the Matsatsantsa reins on a perment basis just 10 days ago, after leading the team through the final stages of last season as well as their pre-season preparations.
The former defender has now led the club through one defeat and two victories – the latest being his biggest thus far as his men eliminated Orlando Pirates from the MTN8 quarter-finals.
Despite his official term still being relatively new, Tembo maintains he is not overcome with emotions as not much has changed from his time as caretaker coach.
“For me, it has always been business as usual because I’ve been in charge of the team for the past seven months,” said Tembo.
“I drew the plan for our pre-season, and I think what we have been doing has been what we started towards the end of last season, when I got appointed.
“So, we’ve been working really well and nothing has really changed in terms of nerves, because I’ve been in this seat for seven months.”
On his opening three encounters, the Zimbabwean tactician has conceded the challenge of having a smaller squad as games come in thick and fast, but welcomes the short break before their return to Absa Premiership duty against Bidvest Wits over the weekend.
“On the last three games in the last week, I think it’s been a little bit difficult because of the congestion, and we’ve tried to trim our squad because we’re not playing in Africa,” he highlighted.
“It has been very challenging, that’s why it was important for us to rest some of the players in this game, knowing that we’ll have four or five days to recuperate.
“We’re not playing in midweek, so this will give us some time to recharge and be fresh when we meet Wits on Saturday.”