When SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews made the announcement about the departure of their head coach Kaitano Tembo from the club last week, he said it is now up to the caretaker coach Andre Arendse to show that he needs this job.
Matthews was basing this on the six matches that are still to be played this season, including the game against Kaizer Chiefs this past weekend which they won 1-0 at the FNB stadium.

Already former AmaZulu head coach Benni McCarthy, three-time league winning coach with Amatsatsansa Gavin Hunt and possibly current Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter, are seen as front runners for this job. When asked if he is got an eye on this job, Arendse indicated that is not his focal point for now.

The 54-year-old says “It’s not something that I have to put first and foremost in my mind right now, my number one priority is to see up the next six games as best as I can with the group of players that I have as best they ca. Get them in a good framing of mind game in game out like we did tonight. I think the way they carry themselves it’s a massive honor to be interim coach of club like this”

Coming to the Chiefs game this past weekend, there had also been a lot of talks about the wayward Bafana Bafana and United star player Sipho Mbule. This led to Matthews revealing during an interview on Metro FM last week, that Mbule will never don their famous blue and white colours again following his suspension by the club.

Arendse says he will also be taking his directive from the club: “I think Sipho Mbule is the case that is being handled by the management of club and I would to keep it that way. I think those things are being well documented and I think that’s something that the club will guide me on”

Arendse has also paid tribute to Kaitano Tembo, whose 23 year stay at the club came to an end last week, following a string of poor results. The former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper says Tembo leaves a solid foundation and legacy at the club.

By Velile Mnyandu

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