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FORMER Zimbabwe vice captain Kaitano Tembo could take a giant step towards winning another piece of silverware in his growing career as coach when he leads his SuperSport United outfit in the semi-final of the Multichoice Diski Challenge tomorrow morning.

SuperSport United face city rivals University of Pretoria in the first of double-header matches at the Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth with the other being the clash between Mamelodi Sundowns and Mpumalanga Black Aces.

The matches, which will be beamed live on SuperSport are scheduled for 10am and noon.

Tembo, a club legend, has been quietly building his coaching credentials with SuperSport United, a team he also served with distinction during his playing days and continues to do so long after hanging up his boots.

The former Dynamos and Warriors defensive hardman had for much of his coaching career lived in the shadows of the head coaches at SuperSport having worked under Pitso Mosimane, the late Thomas Madigage and Gavin Hunt.

Tembo was also previously tasked with coaching the club’s Under-17, Under-19 side and reserve sides.

In 2012 he guided such Under-19 players like Cebo Meyiwa, Gino Moeketsi and Snethemba Ngidi to success in the Reserve League.

A host of the club’s academy players and those playing in the first team now and at other clubs have come through his hands with some of the notable names being Dean Patricio, now playing in Holland, Kermit Erasmus, Thabo Moloi, Morne Nel, Btrandon Dean, and Tsepo Gumede.

When the South African Premier Soccer League Multichoice teamed up to establish the Diski Challenge league, a largely developmental platform for young talent in the country, SuperSport United did not hesitate to name Tembo as the coach of their side.

The 45-year-old gaffer has also previously won titles with the SuperSport Under-17 and Under-19 teams.

Tomorrow he gets another chance to take a crack at silverware in the Diski Challenge.

Tembo, whose side overcame Platinum Stars 2-0 in the quarterfinals at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi, Durban, two weeks ago, told SuperSport.com ahead of the semi-finals that they were bracing for a tough assignment against University of Pretoria but was satisfied with the way they had prepared.

“I think we’ve been preparing very well, we’ve got all the players available. The training has been very positive, all the players are also excited and they want to play in the semi-final.

“So it’s been very positive and we really look forward to the game,” he said.

Matsatsantsha won the group stage clash 1-0 against Tuks in October but Tembo says they won’t dwell on past result.

“We won 1-0 but it was very tight, it wasn’t an easy game. And this is a different game as well in a bigger stage — the semi-final.”

“When we played it was a group stage, you know, if you lose a game you can still recover. But this is a once-off game, when you lose, you out. So I think the mentality will be the same from Tuks as well,” he commented.

The coach expects Tuks to come with a different approach, especially after their impressive 5-2 win against Orlando Pirates in the quarter-finals.

“They will come with guns blazing. And from us as well we are not looking at the last game, that one is done, it’s finished. This is a new game, we have to treat it as such.”

The United legend also called on the Port Elizabeth fans to come and enjoy the spectacle on tomorrow.

“The fans must come in numbers, because I think MultiChoice and the PSL came up with a great initiative to start the Diski Challenge. I believe it needs support from the fans and we will appreciate if they come in numbers to watch the two games on the day.

“I think that’s the most important thing, we need the fans to come and watch the game,” Tembo said.

His Aces counterpart Lombi Mabusela is also relishing their clash against Sundowns.

“The preparations have gone well, although it’s been a bit difficult now with the start of the PSL.”

“Some of our key players went to camp with the first team, Aubrey Modiba is one of them. But all in all everything has gone well,” Mabusela told SuperSport.com.

The coach will be hoping to field a g side for the match despite the first team also playing this weekend.

“We not sure whether they won’t be available, we will get confirmation from the senior team, cause they would have played the PSL match.”

The winning team will receive:

The MultiChoice Diski Challenge trophy (rotating)

Gold medals

A trip to Holland for a four-day training camp at the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB). They will also play friendly games against Bundesliga (German football federal league) opponents and Germany.

Source : The Herald

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