JOHANNESBURG – The retirement home that Kaitano Tembo inherited at SuperSport United when he took over from Stuart Baxter has been replaced by a Matsatsantsa a Pitori team that’s gone back to its foundation - trusting the young talent it nurtures.
The MTN8 finalist have a number of exciting, talented players who have dazzled whenever given an opportunity.
At 22, Teboho Mokoena is among the leaders in the first team. Sipho Mbule (21) is having a breakthrough season while Jamie Webber (21), Jesse Donn (20) and Ghampani Lungu (20) are finding their feet. They aren’t young in the truest sense of the word, but compared to the over-30s that Baxter relied on, Tembo has transformed the team by injecting young blood and backing it.
“I spent five years in the development at SuperSport,” Tembo said. “I started from the bottom. I coached the under-17. I coached the under-19s and the MDC (MultiChoice Diski Challenge). It is about getting the opportunities. I know what happens down there, how those players feel.
As a club we have lost players once they get to 17-18 because we aren’t really patient with them. I always want to give them that opportunity, an opportunity that I got. But at the same time, we need to be brave.”