SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo will this weekend reach a century of games in charge and the club’s first ever coach in the PSL Shane McGregor has praised the stability at Matsatsantsa.
Of all the four clubs – including Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns – that have been forever present in the top flight through the PSL era, SuperSport have made the least number of coaching changes with Tembo only their tenth mentor.
Scroll through the gallery above to see Tembo's predecessors
Tembo was appointed as head coach on 1 July 2018, and prior to that had been caretaker coach after taking over from Eric Tinker in March of the same year.
The former Zimbabwe international’s 100th game in charge is away at Cape Town City on Saturday afternoon (15h00).
"This is obviously down to the way the club recruits their coaches. They look for someone who will fit into their style and their thinking of how the game should be played which shows a lot of forward thinking," McGregor, who was coach when they were still known as Pretoria City, tells KickOff.com.
"They give coaches a chance and that is important. This is a club that doesn't just get rid of its coaches."
Since arriving at the Tshwane outfit from Seven Stars as a player in June 1998 under then coach Roy Matthews, ‘Ngwenya’ has never left the club.
He retired as a player in 2006 and has since worked in various capacities within the club from being a junior coach, through to being an assistant and ultimately head coach.
As a player he won the BOB Save Super Bowl (1999), SAA Supa 8 (2004) and ABSA Cup (2005) as a player and as a coach has delivered the MTN8.
He finished sixth in his first full season in charge in 2018/19 and then went up to fifth last season, and to continue improving he will have to elevate Matsatsantsa into the top four this term.
Only Pitso Mosimane and Gavin Hunt have been at the helm longer than the 50 year-old tactician, who has now spent almost half of his life at the club.