Matsatsantsa have experienced a severe slump this season as a top eight finish in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) looks to be in jeopardy. This precarious situation has already led to SuperSport’s now former coach Tinkler parting ways with the club despite having steered SuperSport to an MTN 8 triumph as well as a Caf Confederation Cup final only a few months ago.
It is widely believed that losing the dressing room could have been one of the root causes for Tinkler’s decision to leave, and Modiba’s utterances suggest that might have been the case.
“We also feel responsible because sometimes we’d do the opposite of what he wants because of the situation of the game,” Modiba told Phakaaathi.
“We take the full responsibility, but we tried hard, we fought and we tried twin games,” he explained.
Meanwhile, assistant coach Kaitano Tembo is back in the SuperSport hot seat until the end of the season, and the 22-year-old explains that aside from the obvious coaching change, nothing else has changed in terms of the game plan.
“It has been good. He has been working with coach Stuart and Eric, so a lot hasn’t changed,” Tembo explained.
“We are still doing more or less the same things, rectifying our weaknesses which are finishing and defending because we have been conceding a lot of goals and not kept clean sheets,” Modiba concluded.
Nonetheless, while SuperSport and Modiba are determined to crack on in the league as they look to salvage something from the wreckage, they will first need to contend with a crunch Caf Confederation Cup qualifier on Friday evening. SuperSport welcome Angola’s Petro de Luanda to the Lucas Moripe Stadium as they look to progress in the competition following a goalless draw in the away leg.