Absa Premiership

Tembo hails Gabuza's impact against Amakhosi

2019-08-26 08:30
Thamsanqa Gabuza
Thamsanqa Gabuza (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo has hailed the impact made by Thamsanqa Gabuza off the bench after the 1-1 draw with Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Tembo replaced Sipho Mbule with Gabuza in the 55th minute as Matsatsantsa started using a more direct approach - playing long balls to the target-man, with SuperSport quickest to react to the second ball.

The visitors would eventually wear Chiefs down, with Gabuza playing the killer through ball for Grobler to equalise after Samir Nurkovic had given the Amakhosi an early lead.

"When we brought on Gabuza he gave them problems because Bradley could play off him. Whereas in the first half Bradley was a bit isolated.

"But I will take a point. I think a draw is a fair reflection of the game. I think we struggled with the ball over the top. With Nurkovic, a different type of player, strong in the air. He was winning everything."

The Matsatsantsa mentor admitted that his side were second-best in the first half, but that they improved markedly in the second period.

"We had a poor first-half," said Tembo.

"We were second to everything. They were a bit more adventurous than us while we were a bit slow to get out of the blocks.

"But second half we were better. We created enough chances like them. I think we could have stolen it at the death."

And the men from Pretoria could have won it when they were awarded a penalty in the 93rd minute. But Grobler's spot-kick was saved by Daniel Akpeyi.

When asked about Grobler's penalty miss, Tembo responded:

"It happens. Even the best players all over the world miss penalties. Pogba missed a penalty this week. So, for me, I look at the overall performance. I think he had a very good game."


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Stellenbosch v Mamelodi Sundowns, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Stellenbosch, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Thursday, 12 December 2019
Golden Arrows v Wits, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 18:00
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Wits v Mamelodi Sundowns, Moses Mabhida Stadium 19:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2019/20 Absa Premiership champions will be ... ?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.