Tembo to treat Celtic clash as “preparation match”


SuperSport United head coach Kaitano Tembo says he will use their restart encounter against Bloemfontein Celtic as some sort of a “preparation match” for the remainder of their fixtures.

This is due to the lack of friendly matches prior to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) resumption on 11 August.

‘Matsatsantsa’ will welcome Celtic at the Bidvest Wits Stadium on Sunday, 16 August and Tembo admits that players are lacking match fitness.

“I think we will probably be about 70 to 80 percent ready by the time we play our first match,” Tembo told the SA Football Journalists’ Association (SAFJA).

“We are going to take that match as a preparation match because we have not had time to play friendly matches because of this Covid-19,” – Tembo. Picture: SuperSport United. 

The Tshwane giants are third on the Absa Premiership log standings with 40 points from 24 matches,

Tembo‚ who won the MTN8 title with SuperSport at the beginning of the season says the confirmation of the restart date by the PSL is helpful because it allows coaches and the players to plan properly.

“I am not saying things are going to be easy, but it definitely makes planning a little bit better when you know when‚ what time and where you are going to play,” he said.

“It is not going to be easy because we only started training as a group a few days ago as we had to observe social distancing rules when we returned to training about a month ago.

“We will only know after the first match where the guys are in terms of match fitness because the reality of the situation is that players are not match fit now,” – Tembo. Picture: SuperSport United. 

“We have been training for a few weeks, but it was difficult to plan and load players not knowing when we are going to start.

“It was also difficult to push the guys at training in terms of fitness but we are excited that the league is going to resume and we want to thank all the people who worked hard behind the scenes to ensure that we get back to action,” concluded the Zimbabwean coach.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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