Tembo wants more goals from midfield


SuperSport United head coach Kaitano Tembo was delighted to see two of his young midfielders get on the score-sheet against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Matsatsantsa advanced to a third successive MTN8 final after Sundowns 2-0 in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday evening.

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"We knew it was not going to be an easy game. We had to be a little bit patient and compact a little bit defensively and catch them on transition. They rested about nine players, we knew they had fresh legs. We made only one change from Saturday," Tembo told SuperSport TV.

"I'm very proud of the boys because they worked very hard. It's not easy playing a team like Sundowns and you come out with a result like this," he continued.

"This season we've got goals coming in from different angles. Today we got two young midfielders scoring the goals and that's what we have been preaching to have a lot of our attacking players contributing in terms of scoring goals.

"It's good to get to the final, but we need to do the job in the final. I'm happy for Bongani Khumalo because we knew they play a lot of diagonal balls, long balls, so we had to be strong aerially and he won a lot of aerial battles and that helped us a lot."

The Zimbabwean tactician was asked about the two controversial moments from the first stanza involving Gaston Sirino and two of his players, Dean Furman and Clayton Daniels.

"Those are tough decisions that sometimes referees have got to make. You have to make those tough calls but I'm not sure what really happened, from what I heard, someone was slapped. We need to stamp that out a little bit out of our game. But at the same time, it's emotions, it's a derby, it's normal," he said.