SOUTH African football club SuperSport United have opened talks with coach Kaitano Tembo over an improved contract after the Zimbabwean mentor recently led the club to MTN8 Cup title following a 1-0 win over Highlands Park in the final at Orlando Stadium two weeks ago.
The 49-year-old Tembo is in the final year of a two-year contract‚ which has an option to renew‚ and SuperSport United’s football manager Stan Matthews said the former Zimbabwe Warriors defender enhanced his chances of being rewarded with an improved deal.
“We are in discussions with him about a two-year extension‚” confirmed Matthews.
“I think we all know that what happened to Eric Tinkler after he won the MTN8. No one wants to get ahead of himself but Kaitano delivered us a trophy and every coach who delivers us a trophy will be offered an improved or an extended contract.
“Kaitano will be no different.”
Matthews is confident he will find common ground with Tembo during the negotiations.
“I am pretty confident that he will get a contract extension and hopefully we will wrap that up by the end of the year‚” he said.
“At the beginning of his tenure‚ he signed a two plus contract with us and this is his second year.
“He has earned (the right) to be offered an extension and we would like to improve it‚ but everything is in his hands.”
The MTN8 final appearance was the second for Tembo since he took over the club’s coaching job and Matthews said he is being rewarded for his hard work.
“I am delighted that he has won his first trophy as a coach and this one has a special feel to it about it‚” he said.
“In as much as we won trophies with seven coaches‚ he has been with us the longest.
“He was truly groomed because if you remember the amount of time it took Pitso (Mosimane) from being an assistant to a head coach was short compared to Kaitano.
“Kaitano started from the bottom until he eventually became an assistant coach.
“He worked his way through the ranks‚ he prepared himself within our environment and that’s what makes us very special.
“To have a coach who is still with you 20 years later‚ is not by accident.
“He has built himself up and we are proud of him.
“He won trophies with our other six coaches and it gives us confidence that the foundations of this club are strong.”
Tembo is one of the longest serving members at the Pretoria-based three-time South African Premiership champions as he has been with the club for nearly 20 years.
Prior to leaving for South Africa, Tembo had a successful football career in Zimbabwean football with Dynamos, capturing four league titles with the club before his departure in 1999.
The former Dynamos and Warriors centre-back was thrust into the head coaching role at the club, in August last year, on a two-year deal, after years of serving the club as a player, assistant and caretaker coach.