SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo has shown appreciation to club CEO Stan Matthews after the history making win over Highlands Park in the MTN8 final on Saturday.
In so doing, Tembo won the his first trophy as a coach and also became the first Zimbabwean coach to win the knockout competition.
Matthews had given the 49-year-old former Zimbabwe international an ultimatum to either win the cup or lose risk losing his job, but Tembo still spoke highly of him.
“The board, the CEO Stan Matthews, I know he always gives me a hard time because he believes in me I really appreciate that, even the the chairman as well. It’s not easy for them to give an opportunity to someone like me but I really appreciate that,” he said according to Kick Off.
“My first trophy, but at the same time I have to give it to the guys, since day one we have been a family, they accepted me. We got into the final last season [lost to Cape Town City on penalties] but we kept on working. The players bought to my philosophy and they are the ones running with it now, so it makes it easier for me, that’s why I give it to them and the technical team,” he added.