Absa Premiership

Tembo hails SuperSport's solid defence

2018-04-12 12:29
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Cape Town - SuperSport United caretaker coach Kaitano Tembo was delighted that his charges managed to keep Orlando Pirates at bay in their Absa Premiership clash on Wednesday.

Matsatsantsa are in the thick of the relegation scrap and sit only one point clear of the bottom two after playing out a goalless draw with the Buccaneers. They still have not won a league game in their last six fixtures.

"I’ve got to give credit to the boys. It wasn’t an easy game. This is a very good Pirates team. In the first half, I think we tried to be a bit more adventurous. I think we created better opportunities when we pressed them a bit high," Tembo told SuperSport TV.

"But in the second half, they dominated play. They had most of the possession that’s where we did well to keep them out."

The Pirates clash came shortly after SuperSport traveled to Kenya to take on Gor Mahia in the Confederation Cup play-offs, and Tembo was impressed by how the players coped with the workload.

"It can push my mentality because all we wanted wasn’t to concede, especially in the first half. When we came back we know we will not have the legs to keep pressing them high," he added.

"So we needed to play them on transition and we had a couple of chances on transition. We had to sit back. I think the performance of the team today was brilliant especially coming from Kenya."

SuperSport next face a trip to the Mother City to face Benni McCarthy's Cape Town City in an Absa Premiership clash on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 20:15.

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SuperSport United v Free State Stars, Lucas Moripe Stadium 19:30
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Orlando Pirates v Wits, Orlando Stadium 19:30
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