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‘We are still ambitious,’ says Tembo about budding lukewarm Matsatsantsa



Over the past two seasons, you may have gotten the impression that SuperSport United are not an ambitious side, given their tame performance in the DStv Premiership, their failure to win domestic cups and letting go of key players. But head coach Kaitano Tembo wants to disprove that perception and suggests that his youthful side is hungry for success and this weekend they will put their money where their mouth is.

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“We are building and that comes with a lot of inconsistency, because when you have a lot of youngsters you have to expect that. But that doesn’t mean we’re any less ambitious. We still want to win prizes. We have been in the finals for the last three years except last season and this time we want to do everything we can and get the chance to finish with silverware,” said Tembo.

“A lot has been transformed from the club and in approach. Three seasons before that we had an experienced team and we went out and competed aggressively in the market and on the pitch. But now a lot of players have left the club. I can talk about players as Thuso Phala, “Yeye”, Morgan Gould, Bongani Khumalo, Dean Furman, Clayton Daniels, and if we look at it now we have tried to give players from our own academy and this season we already lost last year Teboho Mokoena, Grant Kekana and Aubrey Modiba,” Tembo added.

Matsatsantsa A Pitori takes on Platinum City Rovers in the last-16 of the Nedbank Cup and the United mentor insists he won’t pass up the last chance to get his hands on this season. With most of his superstars long gone, Tembo is counting on rejuvenating Sipho Mbule, who recently returned from injury after a long hiatus.

“He is a talented youngster and it is our duty to try to help and guide him so that he is not lost to South African football. His reaction was very good and his attitude during training was very good. He is missing just a little bit of match fitness but it will only happen when he plays more but we will try to build up his match fitness gradually as we don’t want to push him too hard we are very happy with his progress so far and very soon we will going to see the real Sipho Mbule we all know,” said Tembo.

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