Tembo guns for MTN8 final


SuperSport United head coach Kaitano Tembo admits that their MTN8 second leg semi-final against Bloemfontein Celtic is not going to be an easy one due to the fact that Siwelele has an advantage of the away goal.

Celtic will lock horns with Matsatsantsa on Saturday at Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium at 15h00.

SuperSport and Phunya Sele Sele played to a 1-1 draw this past weekend in their MTN8 first-leg semi-final at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

“I think the advantage with Celtic at the moment is that away goal they have scored. In the first game, I think they dominated the first half and there were very adventurous. They did not just sit back to watch us play. They really unsettled us defensively. However, we played well in the second half and managed to equalise and with a little bit of luck we would have scored the second goal,” said Tembo.

The Tshwane-based outfit mentor further said that going into the second leg they always knew that the game decider will be in Bloemfontein because it is a two-legged semi-final.

“We still got a lot to play for and the pressure is now on them because they will be hoping not to concede a goal. I don’t know what kind of tactics they going to apply coming into this game, whether they going to sit back or are they going to come out at us because they are the ones who are under pressure,” he adds.

The 50-year-old stated that they will be having some of the players coming back from injuries and that will boost his side in terms of team selection.

“With us, we just have to go on and play our normal game which is very key. We don’t need to panic, we just have to try to take the game to them and manage the game properly,” Tembo elaborated.

“We are very optimistic that we will get to the finals even though is not going to be easy as we are going to play against a very good team and also determined to get to the finals. Our experienced players will have to dig deep for us in order to get positive results.”

The aggregate winners of this encounter will face either Orlando Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs in the final.

By Mauwane Raophala

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