Supersport United coach Kaitano Tembo has revealed that MTN 8 Final man of the match Thamsanqa Gabuza lost his son a week before but hid the tragedy from his teammates.
Tembo said that Gabuza didn’t want to upset the mood in the camp ahead of the Cup final.
Gabuza has seemingly rediscovered his spark at Supersport United after a lacklustre ending to a five-year spell at Orlando Pirates. The player has spoken of his admiration for coach Kaitano Tembo and lashed at his former club.
The coach was eager to return the love but brought a sombre tone to what would normally have been a celebratory post-match press conference.
“I dedicate this win to Gabuza. Today we won and we supposed to be happy but I’m hurt. The guy lost his son last week but he didn’t tell anyone because he didn’t want that to affect the spirit in the camp. I’m touched by that selflessness. What a guy.”
SuperSport United claimed their second MTN8 title in three years after edging out Highlands Park 1-0 on Saturday evening.
Bradley Grobler scored the only goal of the game just before half-time to secure the R8 million prize for the Tshwane side – who beat Cape Town City in the 2017 MTN8 final but lost to the same opponents last year.