Cape Town - SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo is happy with his
side's steady improvement following their penalty shootout win over Orlando
Pirates in Saturday's MTN8 quarter-final.
Augustine Mulenga put Pirates ahead in the
15th minute, but SuperSport equalised through Dean Furman in the 34th before
Evans Rusike put them in front in the 48th.
Gladwin Shitolo equalised in the 60th and
Thamsanqa Gabuza won Pirates a penalty in extra-time which looked set to be
decisive, but Ronwen Williams first saved that spot-kick and then proved the hero
in the ensuing penalty shootout, which Matsatsantsa won 4-3.
"I'm really proud of the guys. I think
they left everything out there. It wasn't an easy game. Pirates controlled most
of the possession," Tembo told SuperSport after the game.
"But we also tried to control where we
wanted to have the ball and when we got to certain areas, we were putting
pressure on them to try and get them on the transition.
"I think we had a couple of breaks
where we could've done better in terms of decision-making, choosing the right
options as well. But I'm happy with the performance. I'm proud of the guys.
"I think we're improving gradually,
which is key because we've just come off pre-season and this is our third game
in seven days and we played one 120 minutes.
"So, it's not easy, but I'm happy; I'm
proud of the guys."
SuperSport began their season with a 2-0
defeat to Cape Town City. However, having recovered with a 1-0 win over AmaZulu
on Wednesday, they have now picked up their second consecutive victory.
They will look to carry their momentum
forward as they prepare to face Bidvest Wits in the Premiership on Saturday at