SuperSport United FC head coach Kaitano Tembo is the first ever local coach to lift the MTN8 trophy as a player and coach in his second attempt.
Tembo led his team when they beat Highlands Park 1-0 in the mouthwatering 2019 MTN8 Cup final in Soweto last night.
The big match was held at the home of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit Orlando Pirates, Orlando Stadium.
This was a hard fought contest for United who won the lucrative competition for the third time.
The United legend won the SAA Supa8 Cup (now MTN8 Cup) as a player under the guidance of the current Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane.
In 2017, Tembo was on the bench deputizing for Eric Tinkler when United won the trophy against Cape Town City FC in Durban.
Last season, Matsatsantsa were in the Cup final of the same competition with Tembo at the helm but were unlucky after losing to the same side at the same venue.
Yesterday, the Zimbabwean international and former Matsatsantsa skipper made history when he clinched the MTN8 Cup in Soweto after participating in the competition on three consecutive occasions.
Tembo is one of Matsatsantsa’s longest serving members after kicking off his coaching at the SuperSport United Development Academy and has also worked with a lot of…coaches such as Pitso Mosimane, Gavin Hunt, Gordon Igesund and Stuart Baxter to mention a few.
“I have worked with a lot of coaches since I have started coaching. I have played under coach Pitso and we were very close to each other. Also, I can talk to coach Baxter anytime I want to.
There has been that trust all the years, sometimes you learn through bad and good situations. That’s what happened through the rest of my coaching career until now,” said the Matsatsantsa mentor in a post-match media briefing.