JOHANNESBURG – SuperSport United CEO Stanley Matthews said loyalty and a desire to win silverware were the main reasons behind the appointment of Kaitano Tembo as the club's new coach on a two-year contract.
Matthews' announcement on Friday follows Tembo's seven-month stint as caretaker coach in the wake of Eric Tinkler's departure.
“Kaitano epitomises what it means to be a club man. He joined us as a player 19 years ago and has worked his way through our youth structures and subsequently into the first team as an assistant.
"He has steered us on a caretaker basis on three separate occasions and everyone at the club is committed to reciprocating his loyalty and his desire to win silverware”.
The 48-year-old Tembo joined the club in 1999 as a player and was captain for four years during which time they won the SAA Super 8 competition in 2004 and the Absa Cup in 2005.
Tembo is one of the highest-capped players at the club, having played over 200 matches for Matsatsantsa.
After a successful spell on the field, Tembo hung up his boots in 2007 to take up a coaching role within the club’s youth structure.
He won the Engen Under-17 Knock-out challenge in 2008 and the Under-19 Men’s Championship in 2010.
Following the departure of the late Thomas Madigage to join the national team, Tembo was appointed as Assistant Coach to Gavin Hunt in 2012.
He was Assistant Coach when SuperSport United won the Telkom Cup in 2014 and has since assisted Matsatsantsa to historic back-to-back Nedbank Cup trophies in 2016 and 2017, a maiden MTN 8 trophy and a runners-up medal in the CAF Confederations Cup Final in the 2017/18 season.
Club CEO Stanley Matthews said, “Kaitano epitomizes what it means to be a Club man. He joined us as a player 19 years ago and has worked his way through our youth structures and subsequently into the first team as an assistant.
Tembo’s caretaker role through the Confederations Cup group stages showed the team's unity and fighting spirit under his guidance, a quality that again came to the fore in Matsatsantsa’s Top 8 qualification at the end of last season.
African News Agency (ANA)