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We Don’t Appreciate Our Own!

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By Soccer Laduma - Aug 08, 2018 09:17 AM
Sanity prevailed when SuperSport United announced their long-serving loyal servant and legend, Kaitano Tembo, as the club’s new head coach for the next two seasons, taking over from Eric Tinkler who resigned towards the end of last season.
The club had reportedly been on the lookout for Tinkler’s successor with his then assistant holding the fort, on an interim basis, in his absence. The club’s former defender has become part of the furniture at the Tshwane-based club, having joined Matsatsantsa a Pitori almost 20 years ago, in 1999, and continues to prove himself as a mainstay at the club.
He has seen and done it all with the club, having played and retired at the club, coaching in the club’s development structures and worked his way up the ranks. No one can dispute his commitment to the club’s cause and the fact that he has been appointed a caretaker coach on three separate occasions, only to be demoted back to the assistant coaching job until recently, never seemed to bother him at all. In fact, Tembo remained patient, professional, supportive, committed and actively present for those who were appointed ahead of him, learning from them as much as he could. 
His permanent employment didn’t just come as a last resort, as his name was always among the top contenders for the hot-seat. Tembo wasn’t given the job on a silver platter, simply because of his legendary status at the club, he earned it! If you check his record this past season, you’d have a very difficult task arguing against his permanent employment as he only lost twice in 11 games that he was in charge of in the second round of last season, arguably the club’s toughest season ever. His ability to steady a ship that looked destined for stormy waters was further proof that he was worth a chance on a permanent basis.
I was one of those who didn’t see the need for SuperSport to look for a head coach when they had a capable and willing candidate right under their nose. That they have offered Tembo a two-year deal is further proof of their trust and belief in one of their own, instead of throwing a ‘pay-as-you-go’ offer to the coach, which usually indicates the lack of trust. The club’s trust and ability to acknowledge their own is nothing new, as they provided the same platform to someone known as “The One” at Mamelodi Sundowns, Pitso Mosimane, who cut his professional coaching teeth at SuperSport United. It was the club’s belief in their own that planted the coaching seed in Mosimane who, just like Tembo, earned this right and went on to do big things at the club and then Bafana Bafana and Sundowns. He reigns supreme today, as the best and most successful coach in the country, thanks to the opportunity that was given to him by Matsatsantsa a Pitori.
This is the same team that has given a chance to a number of its former players and continues to empower their staffers as well. Kwanele Kopo is another prime example as he’s been steadily working his way up the club’s ranks and credited for a number of players who have caught the eye in the senior team. He is but one of many examples of what can be achieved when people are given opportunities, invested in and acknowledged. Ricardo Katza, Thabo September, Jabu Mahlangu and many others add to the long list of people given a chance by the club and, if whispers in my ears are anything to go by, there are plans already in place for some of the current players after they hang up their boots. Now that’s what investing in people is all about.
The way we don’t appreciate our own is disgraceful and it is not just a South African problem but that of the continent as a whole. Remember when Carlos Alberto Parreira recommended a Joel Santana to South African Football Association as the best candidate to take over from him when he left us for the first time? The joke that Santana became was worse than what we had but because he was from Brazil and “comes highly recommended” we didn’t think twice about giving him the highest coaching position in the country. Well, the less said about where that decision took us, the better. 
Recently, at the FIFA 2018 World Cup, the five African representatives only had two African coaches in Tunisia’s Nabil Maaloul and Senegal’s Aliou Cisse. Nigeria, in the 2014 edition, were coached by one of their own in the late Stephen Keshi and went on to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament. His contract was not renewed afterwards and there was so much said about his coaching ability after the World Cup. Fast-forward to 2018, Nigeria failed to make it past the group stages with a German coach, Gernot Rohr, and it is business as usual! There are more such examples closer to home and it is this double-standards attitude that contributes immensely to the slow demise of our beautiful game. 
Speaking of slow demise, it came as a shock that, once again, a number of Jomo Cosmos players were not paid and this is not the first time that Bra J’s name is dragged through the mud. This doesn’t reflect well on the legendary figure’s reputation and I hope the team sorts out their financial issues with the players sooner than later. You can’t expect players to perform miracles when the club fails to honour their basic requirements – paying the players’ salaries. Jomo Sono has done a lot for South African football but stories like these have a negative effect on the legacy that he has worked so hard to build.


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Pirates_999 Joined: 08 Nov 2017
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Pirates_999 Aug 08, 2018 01:20 PM
Good decision by SuperSport United for giving Kaitano Tembo a chance to prove himself, if we are able to give unknown coaches from overseas a chance why can't we give our own coaches the same chance. Our coaches, black coaches to be specific have suffered a lot because of us judging them with qualifications, no experience and poor performance, but we never judge foreign white coaches maybe because they are from overseas. At Pirates we had Shell that didn't do well no body called him names, but before him there was Tinkler that was labelled with dirty names. Pitso did well at SSU now he is doing well at Downs, but he is not getting the same praises that our nation gave to Baxter when he was at Chiefs. Let's not underestimate our coaches, any coach deserve a fair chance. Look at Chiefs, they would rather buy Selina instead of giving 16V a chance without judging him.
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Drknowitall Aug 08, 2018 11:25 AM
My two nominees that will fight for relegation this season is Supersport United and Chippa. reason being for Supersport they are doing the Moroka Swallows mistake of keeping the same old age squad for many seasons without any additions. Mantsantsatsa only bought one notable player from Wits. They need to beef up their squad quickly but the transfer window is about to be closed and if they will wait for January its going to be late. As for Chippa its been an ongoing thing of selling their best players. Machupu and Koqobe last season were the best players for Chippa but both they were released, at the back Chippa is dysfunctional ever since Koqobe's departure. As we know the Chairman Mpengesi he will fire Dan soon if he keep on losing.
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SakiePetrus Aug 08, 2018 10:37 AM
He will b fired soon, supersport have grown from being that team that play just to survive the chop to a team that compete for cups. This team is not polokwane city or maritzburg united
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Mtwesi Aug 08, 2018 10:32 AM
Amazulu will beat supersport tonight while pirates is waiting for them with a jack hammer on Saturday night.
mabilza Joined: 09 Mar 2011
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mabilza Aug 08, 2018 10:19 AM
South Africans love cut and paste stuff. Lucas Rabede wanted to coach BB . I mean for what for when for who.He must earn his stripes,being a Captain for Leeds doesn't qualify one to be a coach. Big teams wants results no manga manga business
Mlabalaba waka Mketule Joined: 08 Aug 2018
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Mlabalaba waka Mketule Aug 08, 2018 10:11 AM
Our local ex players needs to go out there and acquire coaching badges and apply them in NFD and work gradually towards PSL or even get out of the country and coach in Botswana, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. We always want to get things as we seems to think that we are entitled to get them.
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Mlabalaba waka Mketule Aug 08, 2018 10:08 AM
This one will take Supersport united to Position 15 this season. He will be demoted again. Supersport need a proper coach who won trophies before. This thing of giving ex players a chance while they never went out to empower themselves due to the fact that they played for the team does not always work. Few guys succeeded but it cannot be used as a scale or tool to hire coaches. Benny went on to empower himself. Only Fadlu Davids was a success but will he be able to manage the team when the going gets tough this season? Only time will tell.

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