Tembo has to live up to his state­ment

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - Michael­son Gumede

When Kai­tano Tembo (right) was ap­pointed as Su­per­Sport United’s head coach on a per­ma­nent ba­sis, he stated that his side would be chal­leng­ing for Absa Premier­ship hon­ours.

This raised eye­brows fol­low­ing a dis­as­trous 2017/18 league cam­paign that saw the side only staving off rel­e­ga­tion on the fi­nal day of the sea­son.

So far United have col­lected just 15 points out of a pos­si­ble 27, and while it is rel­a­tively still early days to ex­clude any­one from the cham­pi­onship chase, it is fair to say Mat­sat­santsa A Pi­tori still have a lot of ground to make up be­fore they can be con­sid­ered se­ri­ous ti­tle con­tenders.

The last time United won in the league was in Septem­ber in a 4-0 thump­ing of pro­moted Black Leop­ards.

Mat­sat­santsa are about to face an equally off-form Free State Stars tonight at Goble Park in Beth­le­hem.

Ea Lla Koto are com­ing off the back of a 3-1 loss to de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs and are des­per­ate for three points as they last cel­e­brated a vic­tory four games ago. A win for Stars would see them leapfrog United.

Not only will that win see Stars over­take United, but it could per­suade Ea Lla Koto’s board to pri­ori­tise the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup. Ey­mael said if he man­ages to reach at least 19 points in the next few games, his board might give him the green light to com­pete on the con­ti­nent.

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