Cape Town - SuperSport United chief executive Stanley Matthews says Kaitano Tembo is a contender for the head coach position at the Absa Premiership club.
The long-serving Matsatsantsa coach and former player was appointed as interim boss following Eric Tinkler's resignation last week.
It is a position he has held before, along with a number of other coaching roles, including with the reserve side and as assistant to a number of first team coaches.
As he approaches 20 years with the club, Matthews says Tembo will be judged on how he does with the team until the end of the season.
He told IOL: "I think that for him as a person, we need to keep that process and door open.
"If he delivers (during this time as an interim coach) he would surely be a favourite candidate come June and the off season when we have to look for a permanent appointment for next season.
"He has stepped in a few times as caretaker coach and I think now is a moment of truth in his career. This is an opportunity to see if he is interested in the job first.
"This will be the longest spell he has had in charge as an interim coach."
Matthews added: "I thought Kaitano started well on Saturday (last week in the goalless draw with Maritzburg United). We were very pleased with what we saw.
"We will look at the CVs, narrow them down, and Kaitano’s name will be there near the top."