Kaitano Tembo © Greg Mulford
Kaitano Tembo © Greg Mulford

SuperSport United legend Kaitano “Kaizer” Tembo was officially announced as coach Gavin Hunt’s assistant coach on Thursday.

Tembo replaced the long-serving-member coach Thomas Madigage who parted with SuperSport this week to assist Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund.

Ironically, the duo served Matsatsantsa as players a few seasons ago before pursuing coaching on a fulltime basis.

Tembo, who coached the SuperSport Tottenham Hotspur under19 team, has been working closely with both Hunt and Madigage as a link between the first team and the Reserve side.

Before joining the Tshwane-based-outfit, Tembo was in the books of Seven Stars from Dynamos FC of Zimbabwe. At Stars he played under the guidance of Gavin Hunt, Geoff Butler and Bruce Grobbelaar in 1998. He played for one season and served as the captain of the team.

“It came as a surprise to me. This is an opportunity that any coach can have because I worked in the development structures of our club. It really comes with a lot of challenges looking at what Thomas has achieved in this team and I wished him the best of luck.

It is also a learning curve at the same time but I’m ready for the big challenge. I would like to thank Gavin Hunt, our Chairman and the Board of Directors for giving me this opportunity,” said Tembo.

Tembo played a significant role when SuperSport won the inaugural Gauteng Monday League this past season. He guided the under 19 players such as Gino Moeketsi, Snethemba Ngidi and Cebo Meyiwa who formed part of the first team players that won the Reserve League.

“This will certainly inspire my colleagues and players at our Academy as well. I came from our development ranks and I think this was an investment for the team.

Seeing me coming from those ranks I think they can work even harder to get to where I am,” he concluded.

“Kaizer,” as he is affectionately called by his colleagues, went on to join SuperSport in 1999 and was coached by Roy Matthews, Bruce Grobbelaar and former Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane.

He retired from professional football in 2006 where he won Cup tournaments and finished twice in the league under the mentorship of Mosimane.

Career highlights as a player

2005 – 2006 – SAA Supa8 Cup runners-up and Coca-Cola Cup runners-up 2004 – 2005 – won the SAA Supa8 Cup and Absa Cup, Coca-Cola Cup runners-up 2002 – 2003 – finished second in the league with SuperSport United 2001 – 2002 – finished second in the league with SuperSport United 1998 – 1999 – Seven Stars – finished on position five 1992 – 1997 – won four league titles and Cup tournaments with Dynamos

Career highlights as a coach

2007 – completed Coaching Licence in Holland (KNVB) 2009 – completed Level One and Two Coaching Courses with SAFA 2012 – currently pursuing Level Three Coaching Course

Honours as a Coach

2008 – won the Under17 Engen Cup 2010 – won the Under 17 Lagos International Cup