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Tembo Explains Phala's First-Half Change

SuperSport United Kaitano Tembo has explained why he substituted Thuso Phala in the first half against Orlando Pirates. 

Read: Scoring Troubles Over? Bucs Impressively Sink SuperSport

SuperSport suffered their second defeat of the Absa Premiership campaign, losing 3-1 to the Soweto giants on Saturday.

One of the talking points was Phala's early substitution, and the SuperSport coach revealed it was purely tactical.

“In the first half on that side [Paseka] Mako was going forward, [Innocent] Maela was also going forward and Thuso [Phala] was not tracking back,: Tembo told SuperSport after the game.

"If he could’ve given us something going forward, he lost possession a couple of times so it was just a tactical decision to take him off.”

Tembo added that SuperSport struggled to deal with Pirates' crosses throughout the clash.

"We had two strikers Bradley [Grobler] and James [Keene] could play off each other and also Evans [Rusike] and Fagrie [Lakay] giving us pairs on the sides especially on second balls, we managed to get behind them a couple of times. We looked like we were back in it after we got the equaliser but throughout the 90 minutes we couldn’t deal with the crosses. We could’ve done better defensively in trying to stop crosses,” he said.

 

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