JOHANNESBURG - The title of head coach doesn’t mean much to Kaitano Tembo, just as long as he continues to serve SuperSport United like he has done for 19 years in various positions.
The club's chief executive, Stan Matthews, hinted that Tembo will occupy the hot seat on a permanent basis for the 2018/19 season. SuperSport have struggled to find Eric Tinkler’s replacement since his resignation in March, but the Tshwane side only started looking for a coach in earnest at the end of the last campaign.
Tembo assumed the role of caretaker coach for the umpteenth time and the management backed him. He finished in the top eight with a team which was fighting to avoid relegation when he took over.
Another feather on Tembo’s cap is that he took Matsatsantsa to the knockout stage of the Caf Confederation Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
Despite that success, SuperSport have been reluctant to officially give Tembo the job on a permanent basis even though they have said that they back him. The Zimbabwean has served them well in the various posts he has held, from player to coaching the academy, the Under-19s, reserve team and assisting in the first team while also being the go-to man when they lose a coach.