Matsatsantsa were looking to forget their past woes and start afresh.
However, it was not to be as SuperSport were no match for Benni McCarthy’s men, who struck through Roland Putsche and substitute Craig Martin.
It was a rather unimpressive start for Tembo, who was only recently given the job after his heroics in guiding SuperSport to safety last season.
“It was the first game and we wanted to have a good start, we wanted to give a good performance,” Tembo was quoted as saying by IOL.
“We created some good chances, but didn’t take it. In football, if you don’t take your chances, you can’t win. But, against City, we were also up against a good team, and they took their chances,” Tembo admitted.
Tembo though, was not at all disheartened by the performance of his troops, but revealed that they guilty of poor decision making.
“I thought we weren't effective in certain areas. We managed to get behind the City defence at times, but were let down by our decision-making,” Tembo explained.
“Overall, though, I’m happy, despite the defeat, and there are lots of positives to take from the game. We were unlucky at times, we were also unlucky with a penalty shout, and we got into areas where we could influence the game,” Tembo expressed.
The pressure will certainly be building on Tembo’s shoulders especially with the Tshwane-based outfit’s next outing against AmaZulu, although the Zimbabwean remains unfazed.
“In this job, there is always pressure,” he added.
“It doesn’t matter what game you play or where you are in the league, there is pressure. In this game of football, there’s always pressure. But I can take it…,” Tembo continued.
It has also been a rather quiet transfer window for SuperSport and Tembo admits that they are still on the lookout for new faces.
“We are still looking to add players in certain positions in the team. We especially need more cover in defence,” Tembo said.
“Overall, though, the aim this season is to be better and especially to be more comfortable with regard to our league position. We don’t want to be in a situation where we have to be fighting relegation,” Tembo revealed.