Under-pressure Tembo facing potential Sekhukhune sack

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Kaitano Tembo was left disappointed following Sekhukhune United’s slender loss to Richards Bay.Photo by Gallo Images
Kaitano Tembo was left disappointed following Sekhukhune United’s slender loss to Richards Bay.Photo by Gallo Images

Sekhukhune United’s slow start to the new season has left Kaitano Tembo as the prime target to become the next target to face the sack in domestic football.

Marumo Gallants, Swallows, AmaZulu, Chippa United, and Royal AM (partly) have already had coaching changes with a third of the season played.

On Monday, Mamelodi Sundowns - despite being top of the DStv Premiership standings - announced a coaching change as Manqoba Mngqithi was demoted to assistant coach.

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Now, Sekhukhune could find themselves being forced into becoming the next club to make changes.

Under Tembo, the club has won just twice in 11 games.

They have only been able to overcome Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates and have suffered defeats to Chippa United, SuperSport United, Swallows, Royal AM, and Richards Bay to sink to second from the bottom.

For all the attacking options at their disposal, they have scored nine goals in 11 games.

Babina Noko have scored twice in a single match only once this season which was against Pirates when they ran out 2-0 winners.

Their next match before the two months enforced break will be against TS Galaxy and could have a telling factor on the former Zimbabwe international’s future.

Sekhukhune were amongst the busiest clubs during the off-season transfer window bringing in Daniel Cardoso, Victor Letsoalo, Tshegofatso Mabaso, Linda Mntambo, Ali Badra Sangare, and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya amongst others.

This has meant Tembo has been faced with working with what is fundamentally a new team giving the authorities reason to have faith in him despite the results not favouring him.

Tembo has previously only worked at SuperSport United where he spent two decades starting out as a player before climbing up to coaching after his retirement.

After the latest defeat suffered at the hands of Chippa United in midweek he admitted that without results it is normal to feel the discomfort of pressure. 

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