SuperSport United will once again contest the final of MTN 8. The venue will be held this weekend at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto. The Pretoria giants will face the high-flying Highlands Park on Saturday evening. SuperSport is hoping to avenge the last season’s loss to Cape Town City.
United are in the final having eased the past rivals, Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 last month (on aggregate) in Atteridgeville. Highlands Park was at that time crushing Orlando Pirates and Polokwane City on their way to the finals. This Saturday’s cup final is another opportunity for United coach Kaitano Tembo to silence some of the critics. Soccer 10 is here with the latest update on the subject;
Tembo spoke about United and their abilities
“I have paid my school fees. I started at this club as a player, I became a captain. Then, I coached the junior teams and the MDC (MultiChoice Diski Challenge) team. I was an assistant coach for many years and I worked under different coaches. I have been a caretaker coach in this club before and now I’m the coach. So, I know this club. I know what it is about,” Tembo has said about the subject.
This Zimbabwe-born coach has an impressive CV as he has already done the hard work as a player and then as a coach. On paper, his United are favourites, especially if we take into account that this is their third straight final.
SuperSport United had a strong and successful Cup history as wind behind their back while Highlands Park team did not play in any cup final in over three decades. Despite this record, Tembo is still underappreciated for his work but believes in keeping things simple and doesn’t worry much about it.
“I wouldn’t know why people are sometimes doubting. Maybe I don’t speak the fancy language and maybe I’m too simple.” – Tembo added. Both teams come into the final buoyed by their recent winnings. Highlands defeated Polokwane City 2-0 in Absa Premiership clash while SuperSport managed to past AmaZulu to move to the sixth place in the PSL log.