Kaitano Tembo: SuperSport United motivated for Kaizer Chiefs clash

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That is just about what is keeping their caretaker coach Kaitano Tembo enthusiastic.

Three defeats in a row this month meant SuperSport’s hopes for the championship suddenly vanished but the win against Bidvest Wits on Tuesday night meant they can still finish higher than the fifth position that they occupy, especially with games against fellow top-five bracket clubs Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town City to play.

First up is Chiefs this evening at Mbombela Stadium (18h00).

A SuperSport win will virtually end whatever drops of hope remain for Amakhosi in as far as the league title is concerned.

“We still want to finish higher than the position that we occupy at the moment so there is still a lot for us to play for,” warns Tembo, who will continue as the main man on the bench in the absence of Stuart Baxter. Health reasons have kept Baxter away from the team this week.

SuperSport meet Chiefs just a week after booting them out of the Nedbank Cup.

“We knew that it is going to be difficult in terms of matches because we have been playing back-to-back matches and we just need to deal with it. We just played Chiefs and now we are playing them again and so we just need to deal with it.

“We dropped nine points in the last three matches [prior to Wits game] so we have been through a rough patch. With regards to the league we really want to finish as high as we can and this [game against Chiefs] will be the opportunity to make that happen,” says Tembo whose side is now 10 points behind new leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

The reverse fixture between SuperSport and Chiefs was a draw – a result that won’t suit either club this time around.

Chiefs know very well just how much they need to win just to avoid the threat of dropping down the standings, having already fallen five points behind Sundowns with the defending champions sporting a game in hand.