SuperSport boss hints at changes

Premiership

SuperSport have to try lift their spirits for the trip to Peter Mokaba Stadium in the aftermath of their 4-1 loss on penalties to Cape Town City in the cup final at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

Forwards Evans Rusike and Fagrie Lakay were forced off the pitch with injuries and are unlikely to play against Rise and Shine, with Thuso Phala and Bradley Grobler two men that could start instead.

Grobler featured off the bench against the Citizens after only training twice in the week leading up to the final due to a niggle.

Veteran midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane is also unlikely to be deployed after clocking in 120 minutes of football in Durban.

"You always improve, you can always get better. We learn in each and every game and that's the whole objective," Tembo said.

"Now we only had two days to recover to play our next league game against Polokwane City, so we got to try and put this game behind us and focus on our league game."

Tembo is mindful he has to manage the work-load of 36-year-old 'Yeye'.

"He [Letsholonyane] played 120 minutes but I'm just worried about the next game. I don't think he'll able to play another game. 

"We just need to manage him a little better because we only had two days to prepare for the next game. So I don't think he will be able to cope with another game."    

SuperSport are two points ahead of Rise and Shine in fifth spot on the Absa Premiership standings with 12 points from six matches.

The hosts, though, surprisingly beat second-placed Bidvest Wits 1-0 in Johannesburg in their previous outing.

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