Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is backing his former player and head coach of SuperSport United Kaitano Tembo to win Saturday’s MTN8 final.
Matsatsantsa who qualified for their third consecutive MTN8 final will take on Highlands Park at Orlando Stadium (18:00).
Tembo (49) played under Mosimane at SuperSport United between 2001 and 2006. The two were part of the United team that won the SAA Super 8 competition in 2004.
“I am conflicted… I tell you why because Owen Da Gama took this team from the First Division, after taking it from First Division straight to the MTN 8 the next season when everybody is saying the team that gets promoted is contesting for relegation. They are a very hard team, German machine that team you know,”Mosimane stated.
“But I also want Kaitano – because he is my former player, to also win his first trophy. Because I don’t like this thing of coaches being sacked all the time. We don’t want him to lose his job because our South African coaches are being sacked and they are losing jobs from outside coaches.
“I am not saying we must not have coaches from outside, but I am being too patriotic, I look after my people because I was born and bred here, and I was raised in the township.”
The PSL together with MTN have also put a R25 000 reward for each goal scored at the Final on Saturday.
This means that a player will get R25 000 for each goal he scores during the match, but it excludes penalties and own goals.
By Ofhani Munyai