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SuperSport United legend Thabo September backs Kaitano Tembo to mastermind win over Sundowns

08:00 GMT+3 01/12/2018
Kaitano Tembo and SuperSport United players
The former Matsantsantsa captain discussed the upcoming Tshwane Derby which will take place at the Lucas Moripe Stadium

Former SuperSport United defender Thabo September says coach Kaitano Tembo is the right man to end Mamelodi Sundowns' dominance in the Tshwane Derby on Sunday.

The two giants from the country's capital city are set to meet for the first time in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) this season and September has warned his former teammates of striker Jeremy Brockie's eye for a goal.

“I expect game an exciting derby and SuperSport are on top on the log table, they are at home and I think they want to retain their position on the log,” September told Goal.

“Yes we know Sundowns has had an upper hand in the past couple of seasons and I also believe SuperSport will want to turn that around,” he said.

“The team is missing a number of players through injuries, but I am certain they are hungry and motivated to to beat Sundowns,” noted the legend.

Speaking about bagging a 0-0 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday ahead of the eagerly anticipated derby, September believes the draw in Bloemfontein is a massive boost for the defence.

“I think the draw was a motivator because they came back with a clean sheet. The skipper (Ronwen Williams) had a good game and was man of the match. I am sure they will continue to shut the back door on Sunday,” he continued.

“The only issue is that they missed chances and the strikers will also want to do the job on Sunday against Sundowns,” responded the legend.

The former Mthatha Bucks versatile player also backed the current coach, Tembo, as the perfect man to end the Brazilians' dominance especially facing his former mentor, Pitso Mosimane.

“I think he can beat Sundowns, I mean he's a coach right now and he is also motivated to face his mentor and former coach in Pitso,” he backed.

“He can do it and this might be the time to end Sundowns' dominance and perhaps the club needed a fresh coach with new ideas to at least ensure the two giants are level,” he reacted.

“Unfortunately he will not have his full squad, but there are good players in his team and these are guys capable of doing the job because this is not just any game, but a derby," he said.

Moreover, the 36-year-old concluded by issuing a warning to the defence manned by the likes of Morgan Gould, Clayton Daniels, Grant Kekana and others to remain wary and keep Brockie under a watchful eye.

“The good thing is that they have played against each other and he hasn't scored regularly since leaving the club. So that should count for SuperSport,” warned September.

“However, he remains a threat because we all know his quality and he is starting to get back to his old form. We saw his stunning volley on Wednesday and it would be special for him to score against his former team,” responded the Knysna-born legend.

“The defence must be on high alert and I am sure they know him better and also because this is one of the biggest game in the country. I expect big numbers on the stands and an exciting game of football on the field,” concluded the versatile legend.