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Tembo Rues Red Card

SuperSport United head coach Kaitano Tembo says he can’t fault his team’s effort in their 3-1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday, but playing with ten men against a team of Sundowns’ calibre was always going to be tough.

SuperSport were reduced to ten men after Guily Manziba was sent off in the opening ten minutes.

Tembo says it’s disappointing as he feels his team started very well, and even after the red card he couldn’t fault their work ethic.

“Well, I think we had a very good start, we started very well I think in the first minute we could’ve been one up good chance there from Tebza’s cross and we dominated I think in midfield as well, our pressing was very good,” he eplained.

“We knew that we wanted to try and put pressure on Rivaldo and Jali, and I think we did that very well up to the seventh minute and the red card didn’t do any justice to us, it’s always difficult to play with one man short, if you’re playing against a team like Sundowns with their quality.

“But in terms of our work ethic, we played very well with and without the ball, even though with one man shot we still created another opportunity before they even scored I think we would have been two or three nil up, it was only a moment, just a lapse in concentration in the space of 10 minutes where Sundowns scored those three goals.

“But second half we came back very strong because I told the players that we got to show character in the second half. And win the second half, we lost the first half but let’s try and go out there and win the second half, and I think the players did very well, they way very hard, we scored a goal and Denis made a good save as well, at the death there from Jones’ header.

“I think scoring goals has been a huge problem for us, especially in the second round of the season, we are not scoring more than one goal. Sometimes if you don’t score goals, it’s always difficult to win a game.