Former Warriors and Dynamos defender Kaitano Tembo has expressed his disappointment following his sacking by SuperSport United (SSU) earlier this week after a string of poor results.
Speaking to TimesLive, Tembo said SSU has a bright future as it has promoted several “exciting” young players to the first team.
The Zimbabwean thanked the club’s leadership for looking after him well for more than 20 years at the club, first as a player and then as a coach. Tembo said:
As much as I am disappointed, when you look back over the years I can’t lose sight of the fact that the club looked after me very well.
The club spent so much time on me, they have looked after me very well all these years and they have played a huge role in my life as a human being and career as a player and coach.
I appreciate the role they played in my life and I leave a better person than I was when I arrived more than 20 years ago. There are no hard feelings towards anyone at the club.
Actually, I take this opportunity to thank the chairman Khulu Sibiya who has always been there for me since I was a player. He has been very supportive of me.
I would also like to thank the club’s board and CEO Stan Matthews who has been like a mentor to me.
I can only say good things about these people including the rest of the staff, technical team, players and supporters.
They have been there for me, they have given me all the support and because of these things, there are a lot of good things that I can say about the club.
This is not something that I can take to heart and say the club did this or that to me.
Tembo spent 23 years at the DStv premiership club, first as a player, and later as an assistant coach to Gavin Hunt, Stuart Baxter and Eric Tinkler before taking over as head coach in 2018.
The club decided to part ways with the Zimbabwean following a run of 11 points from their last 11 games.