SuperSport United have announced Kaitano Tembo as their new coach for the next two seasons.
Tembo takes over from Eric Tinkler, who parted ways with the club midway through the previous campaign after a series of poor results.
Matsatsantsa were previously linked with several high profile coaches, including Luc Eymael who opted to stay with Free State Stars.
Here's a statement released by the Tshwane giants on Friday:
SuperSport United Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Kaitano Tembo as Head Coach on a two-year contract with immediate effect. Tembo has served a 7-month stint as caretaker coach.
The 48-year-old Tembo joined the Club in 1999 as a player and was captain for four years during which time the Club won the SAA Super 8 competition in 2004 and the Absa Cup in 2005. Tembo is one of the highest capped players at the Club, having played over 200 matches for Matsatsantsa.
After a successful spell on the field, Tembo hung up his boots in 2007 to take up a coaching role within the club’s youth structure.
Kaitano won the Engen Under 17 Knock-out challenge in 2008 and the SAFA-Burger King Under 19 Men’s Championship in 2010. Following the departure of the late Thomas Madigage to join the national team, Tembo was appointed as Assistant Coach to Gavin Hunt in 2012.
Tembo was Assistant Coach when SuperSport United won the Telkom Cup in 2014 and has since assisted Matsatsantsa to historic back to back Nedbank Cup trophies in 2016 and 2017, a maiden MTN 8 trophy and a runners-up medal in the CAF Confederations Cup Final in the 2017/18 season. Tembo’s caretaker role through the Confederations Cup group stages showed the team's unity and fighting spirit under his guidance, a quality that again came to the fore in Matsatsantsa’s Top 8 qualification at the end of last season.
Club CEO Stanley Matthews said, “Kaitano epitomizes what it means to be a Club man. He joined us as a player 19 years ago and has worked his way through our youth structures and subsequently into the first team as an assistant. He has steered us on a caretaker basis on three separate occasions and everyone at the Club is committed to reciprocating his loyalty and his desire to win silverware”.
Tembo said it was one of the proudest days of his life. “I’m honoured by the confidence the Club has shown in me in giving me this great opportunity. This Club has been the center of my life for almost 20 years and I and my players will give everything we have to keep our run of success going”.
Club Chairman Khulu Sibiya said he was excited by the prospect of Tembo following the path of Pitso Mosimane and Gavin Hunt as top young coaches who launched their careers at SuperSport United. “It’s a great challenge for Kaitano because he knows we have high standards at the Club. We will all rally behind him to deliver success because above all its a team effort”.