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SuperSport United have confirmed the appointment of Thabo September as the second assistant to head Coach Kaitano Tembo.

He will also serve as the first assistant coach to the DStv Diski Challenge side.

“He has joined the first team as a second assistant coach and works as well with our reserve team. This will help us bridge the gap between the first team and the reserve team in terms of having an identical philosophy from a playing and development point of view. Thabo has been a loyal servant of the club both on and off the field. He has always set an example through dedication, discipline and professionalism,” SuperSport said in a statement.

The 38-year-old joined Matsatsantsa from Umtata Bucks in the 2006/2007 season under the tutelage of Pitso Mosimane.

The Tshwane-based outfit head coach Kaitano Tembo said their objective is to prepare young players for the first team and believes that September will play a crucial role in that regard.

The former defender noted that he has learned a lot in the last two years he has been working with the first team.

“Working with the first team for the past two years has been a huge learning experience and if you look at our technical team it is people that have played the game or have been in the game for more than 20 years, so I take a lot from them,” says September.

The club also put on record that September led the team working under various coaches such as Mosimane, Gavin Hunt, Cavin Johnson, Gordon Igesund and Stuart Baxter.

“Well you find coaches, people that make players perform well and win games, then you have great coaches, people that make players win games or learn when they lose and make them become better human beings on and off the field. Now Kaitano is a great coach, he wants the best for his whole team, like a father to his family,” September explained.

“SuperSport United is one of a kind, people here become a family. The culture and legacy of the late Thomas Madigage (May his soul rest in peace) has been kept alive by everyone that is in this team, I am sure he is as proud as I am. It’s the best team in South Africa.

“Being a second assistant coach at the first-team is a huge responsibility that the head coach, our CEO Mr. Stan Matthews and the board members have put on me. I know with the help of Kaitano and the rest of the technical team and the players it’s a job I will excel on.

The Knysna-born footballer retired in 2006, having won three league titles and two domestic cups. United stated that he is currently fulfilling the ambassadorial role in the club.

“Working with the DStv Diski Challenge head Coach Kwanele Kopo is a huge plus to my growth as a coach and as a person. Being an assistant coach to him means I will have to learn fast and the Diski Challenge is the best place,” September concluded.

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