SuperSport United head coach Kaitano Tembo may be hard at work preparing his charges for the MTN8 final, but he has every reason to be optimistic ahead of the showdown with Cape Town City.
Matsatsantsa go on into the eagerly anticipated clash on the back of a 4-0 thumping of Black Leopards and Tembo has recently witnessed his strikers all putting their names into the ring for a starting berth on Saturday.
Evans Rusike is currently the league’s top scorer, while James Keene bagged a brace against Leopards and Bradley Grobler was on target in both legs as SuperSport overcame Kaizer Chiefs to earn the right to challenge for the lucrative prize.
“It is always good when you have your attacking players scoring goals,” Tembo was quoted as saying by IOL.
“That is what you need because you win matches by scoring goals. I am very happy for Bradley, Evans (Rusike) and James for getting the goals – that’s why they are here. They have responded very well (to the rotation) and we just hope they continue,” he added.
However, it is not necessarily only in attack where SuperSport enjoy an abundance of riches.
With the likes of Teboho Mokoena, Dean Furman, Phumlani Ntshangase and the calm head of experienced midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane among others, Tembo is certainly not short on depth. This though, does pose a selection headache or two for the long-serving Zimbabwean coach.
“We try and rotate the players – we have Dean Furman, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Teboho Mokoena and others. Teboho is a young player learning from Dean, who is a leader of the team,” he explained.
“‘Yeye’ (Letsholonyane) is hardworking and still has the desire, I don’t even look at his age (36) because he still has the hunger to achieve. We have Aubrey (Modiba) as well who can come in midfield,” he said.
“We have a structure where whoever plays fits in,” he concluded.