Tembo inks name into South African football folklore

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From Savious Kwinika in Johannesburg

By guiding his team to the MTN 8 trophy, Supersport
United coach, Kaitano Tembo, has written his name in the South African
football history books by becoming arguably the first individual to win
the same cup as a coach and a player.

Already a legend at Zimbabwean powerhouse, Dynamos, Tembo on Saturday
masterminded a 1-0 defeat over Highlands Park at the Orlando Stadium in
Soweto.

This came 15 years after he was part of the SuperSport side that won the
same tournament, when it was still known as the South African Airways
(SAA) Super Eight Cup.

Then, Supersport beat Kaizer Chiefs with a similar score line.

A modest Tembo refused to take the glory for attaining legendary status
at the club and South African football.

He instead showered his elated players with praise.

“My first trophy … but at the same time I have to give it to the guys.
Since day one we have been a family. They accepted me. We got into the
final last season but we kept on working,” Tembo, whose side lost on
penalties to Cape Town City last year, said.

He has maintained the winning mentality he found at the club he joined
in 1999 from the now-defunct Cape Town side, Seven Stars.

“The players bought to my philosophy and they are the ones running with
it now. So it makes it easier for me…..that’s why I give it to them and
the technical team,” the 49-year-old gaffer added.

The former central defender, who also captained the side, also heaped
praise on club chief executive officer, Stan Matthews, who showed
faith in him by appointing Tembo to the helm of the club in 2018.

Following retiring in 2006 after seven seasons and 150 appearances and
five goals for Supersport, Tembo has served as an assistant coach,
caretaker coach as well as head of the juniors and reserve team.

During that period, he attained his coaching badges with the Royal Dutch
Football Association (KNVB) and South African Football Association
(SAFA).

“(I thank) the board, the CEO (Stan Matthews) … I know he always gives
me a hard time because he believes in me. I really appreciate that. Even
the chairman (Khulu Sibiya) as well …. It’s not easy for them to give an
opportunity to someone like me but I really appreciate that,” Tembo said
after the victory on Saturday.

At junior level, he has guided SuperSport United to the 2008 Under-17
Engen Cup and the Lagos International Cup in 2010.

– CAJ News

 

 

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