SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo defends his side's early-season scoring problems
Posted: 25 August 2018 Time: 19:00
SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo has admitted his side's poor goal return is of some concern heading into their match against Kaizer Chiefs.
Matsatsantsa are set to welcome Amakhosi to the Lucas Moripe Stadium for their MTN8 semi-final first leg tie on Sunday afternoon, with kick-off set for 15h30.
In their four previous encounters, the defending champions have managed just four goals - two of which came in their quarterfinal clash against Orlando Pirates, while their two league victories were both won by a solitary goal.
Furthermore only captain Dean Furman and striker Evans Rusike have been able to find the back of the net for SuperSport thus far this season, leaving plenty of questions on other attackers' contribution.
However, though admitting that the lack of goals have been a concern, Tembo has also stressed that at least his charges have been able to create attacking threats, while their lack of composure will need some addressing.
"Our goalscoring has been a concern, and we've been working on that, but what gives us motivation is that we're creating opportunities," defended Tembo.
"We're getting and playing into effective areas, which is positive. It's only sometimes the lack of composure and that calmness inside the box.
"I think you saw against [Bidvest] Wits, just before the [half-time] break, Evans [Rusike] had that chance with the header – he was practically on the six yard box.
"And Aubrey [Modiba] as well, he had one [clear] opportunity. Those are mainly, probably, due to a lack of composure.
"I think if they can get those opportunities in training, maybe 10, then I can guarantee you they will score eight out of 10.
"But, it comes also with different pressures of games, and we're trying to work on that and the mental aspect as well. But we're happy that we're creating opportunities and getting into good areas."