Sekhukhune United are set to give coach Kaitano Tembo his marching orders this week, SABC Sport has established. 

The former SuperSport United defender – and later head coach of Matsatsantsa – has been skating on thin ice for some time now due to a string of poor results in the DStv Premiership.

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SABC Sport understands the 1-1 draw against TS Galaxy on Sunday is understood to have been the last straw, paving the way for his departure as the club sit second from bottom on the log table.

Tembo has only been in the job for a little over four months since being appointed to take over from MacDonald Makhubedu, who was redeployed within the club structures as a “senior coach”, though he remains part of the technical staff.

After 12 games, Babina Noko are tied on 11 points with Maritzburg United, who occupy the foot of the log table and are also expected to send their coach, John Maduka, packing during the FIFA World Cup break.

According to SABC Sport sources, Sekhukhune are already assessing options to replace Tembo ahead of informing his representatives that the club is taking a different direction in the dugout while there’s still time to prepare for the league’s restart in December

With the domestic topflight on a two-month recess because of the global football showpiece in Qatar, this gives Sekhukhune ample time to draw up a list of coaches that can potentially come in and turn the tide.

Babina Noko don’t play until New Year’s Eve – a home game against AmaZulu – affording whoever comes in to enjoy a short pre-season to restart the campaign with enough matches to improve the current log position.

The public broadcaster’s sports desk made several attempts to get a reaction from the coach this morning, but he was not immediately available for comment as calls rang unanswered.

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What he did say the last time he was asked about his job security is that his fate was not necessarily in his hands.

“I don’t have control of that. All I can do is continue working hard and try to improve the team. Whatever happens, happens. That’s football.

“My focus is on the team. I think we are five points away from what we want to be. We could have been in a better position,” he told journalists after a recent match last month.


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