Former SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo has opened up on the situation around Sipho Mbule and made a plea to the player.
Tembo was dismissed from his role as SuperSport coach earlier in the week after spending a total of 23 years at the club and being head coach since 2018.
He’s seen Mbule come through the youth ranks and break into the first team but the 24-year-old got suspended by the club in beginning of April.
Tembo has now insisted that Mbule is a player South African football needs and he hopes the midfielder can get his act together and focus on his football.
“Sipho Mbule is one of the most-gifted young players I worked with at the club,” Tembo said on SAFM’s SportOn.
“I’ve seen him grow from being a teenage boy to take his claim in the team and it’s unfortunate that things have gone the way they have.
“But I hope that he’ll look back and himself because I think South African football needs him and he also needs South African football.
“I think next season he’ll come back strong, they saw his talent, I don’t think it should go to waste.
“I hope that he’s going to change and focus on his game.”
SuperSport is understood to have received an official offer from Mamelodi Sundowns for Mbule, while Kaizer Chiefs had also indicated their interest, but SuperSport refused to let him leave in January.
The situation has seemingly upset the player and his antics in training led to his suspension.