The former Warriors player, Kaitano Tembo became the first SuperSport United coach to win the Tshwane Derby in six years by beating Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 in a South African Premiership match on Wednesday.
The result was unexpected considering that Sundowns recently won against Al Ahly in their CAF Champions League quarter-final.
Tembo told the Herald that they had to be strategic to win the match. He said:
We had to plan properly and be tactically disciplined throughout the game.
Play with no fear and don’t give them too much respect. We had to neutralise their strength, which is the speed they have in attack by defending well on one versus one situations and cutting the space behind the defence and be compact, which means our distances had to be proper.
In attack, we had to take advantage of the spaces they leave on the sides, especially when their fullbacks go forward. We also had to put pressure on their centrebacks whenever we were in possession, be quick on transition and dominate set plays.
Tembo believes that with four games left this season, there is still a chance to end up winning the title race. SuperSport United is seven points behind leaders Orlando Pirates. He said:
There’s still a lot of points to play for and anything can happen. We have four games to go; that’s 12 points. If we can try to win all of them, who knows where we gonna finish? So we keep on fighting.
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