Matsatsantsa opened the scoring in just the second minute of the game thanks to Mxolisi Macuphu but Amakhosi replied through Khama Billiat in the 16th minute as the two sides shared the spoils on the night.
“It was a very tight game, we had chances and they had chances as well. We had a good start in the first half but later on our distances became too big, they were picking up all the second balls and started playing,” Tembo told SuperSport TV.
“In the second half we corrected that, we were a little bit compact, we moved together [something] which we didn’t do in the first half. I think with a little bit of luck especially in the final third with Evans [Rusike] we could have sneaked it there. But nevertheless we’ll take a point, I think the draw is a fair reflection of the game.”
The Zimbabwean born tactician also explained the reasons behind his substitutions, most notably taking off Siyabonga Nhlapo for Bongani Khumalo.
“Siya [Siyabonga Nhlapo] got a yellow card and knowing that he was playing against Khama Billiat, he was going to run at him and probably he was going to get another yellow card. So I took him off [he was replaced by Bongani Khumalo on the hour-mark] and put Grant Kekana at right back. Grant did well, he kept Billiat quiet, he never really played after that,” he continued.
“I brought [Jamie] Webber to try and stabilise the midfield because ‘Tebza’ [Teboho Mokoena] was getting tired. Webber did well when he came on [with ten minutes remaining], he was very good on the ball. He made us play a little bit forward.
“George [Lebese], when he came on it was too late [with five minutes remaining], he never really got on the ball because the intensity of the game was a little bit difficult for him. But it was a good performance from the guys, I’m really proud of them,” he said.