Tech boost for SuperSport United


SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo believes the Huawei Band 6 will revolutionise their approach to the game.

SuperSport on Thursday announced a new partnership with Chinese Telecommunications equipment company Huawei that saw players receiving wearable technology.

Tembo says the technology will transform how as coaches they make decisions, the performance, health and safety of the club’s players.

“It will play a huge role since we are not with players 24/7, Huawei gives us that edge. It gives us better information in terms of decision-making,” Tembo said during the launch of the partnership held at the Megawatt Park in Johannesburg.

The Huawei Band 6 has a dynamic, lightweight design and boasts several important health tools including 24/7 heart rate monitoring through the TruSeen 4.0 technology.

The watch was officially released on Thursday day with Justin Sun, General Manager of Huawei Consumer Business Group of South Africa and Matsantsana CEO Stan Matthews confirming their new partnership.

“SuperSport United is pleased to announce Huawei Technologies as our preferred technology training provider,” the club said on social media.

Matthews said SuperSport were a young club and, like their partners, “share the aspiration to penetrate new markets”.

He assured the company that they would guard the relationship jealously as they have done with many other partners, staffers and players.

“My coach [Tembo] was with me as a player, my captain [Ronwen Williams] joined me as a 12-year-old and he has never left the club. Most of our staff have been with the club for 15 to 20 years,” the Matsantsantsa boss said.

With one game left, he added that the gesture would motivate them to improve their performances.

The Tshwane side will finish fourth if they win their final game of the season and fourth placed Golden Arrows lose.

However, Tembo said they would approach Saturday’s tie with caution as Chippa United will be out to evade the axe. They beat Maritzburg United 2-0 on Wednesday.

Arrows, on the other hand, play Stellenboch FC at home and would want to win, ending the season on a high note.

The Durban outfit lost 3-2 to Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday, dropping from third to fourth place.

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