• Poor decision-making cost us – SuperSport coach

    SuperSport United MTN8 Final

    Kaitano Tembo says that poor decision-making led to SuperSport United’s downfall in the MTN8 final, while acknowledging that Cape Town City were the better outfit on the day.

    SuperSport looked to become the first team since Orlando Pirates to clinch back-to-back MTN8 titles, however, heroics from goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh in the penalty shootout ensured that the Citizens won their first piece of silverware under coach Benni McCarthy.

    ‘I think it was a bit difficult. It was a very tight game where we never really give too much,’ Tembo said in post-match comments.

    ‘I think we had a few chances, a few breaks, especially in the 90 minutes.

    ‘But probably a lack of good decision-making especially in the final third, then we could’ve sneaked one in there. Even them as well, there were times when they had a few breaks where they could have sneaked in one there.

    ‘But at the same time, it was a game where it could’ve been decided by penalties because 120 minutes couldn’t even separate the two teams,’ Tembo said.

    ‘I think they were playing through, especially in midfield where they could find the striker, where our midfielders were not really screening the defence and protecting the defence and they could get a few second balls.

    ‘There was a time where [Ayanda] Patosi got a few second balls and [Siphelele] Mthembu, there was a time when he went through as well, that could’ve been a goal. But I think we came back after that.

    ‘We created a few chances. We played effective football. We got into effective areas but poor decision-making let us down. But at the same time, credit should go to City, they played well.

    ‘They had the better part of the possession, but we defended well as well. At the same time, you need to give it to them, they deserve it,’ he concluded.

    SuperSport turn their attention to the Absa Premiership where they travel to Polokwane to face Polokwane City with kick-off set for 7:30pm.

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