United could play kingmaker role

Buhlebuyeza Mkhwanazi, of Wits, and Mamelodi Sundowns’ Percy Tau fight for possession during their Absa Premiership match at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg yesterday.
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Even though SuperSport United’s title ambitions are all but dead‚ Kaitano Tembo takes solace in the fact that the club can still decide where the Absa Premiership goes.

Matsatsantsa a Pitori will face highflying Cape Town City on May 9 as part of their five remaining fixtures.

That game will be eagerly watched by Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits as the outcome will have an impact on their quest for honours.

“We [the top five teams] are all playing each other‚” Tembo‚ SuperSport’s assistant coach‚ said.

“I think that we also have a say in terms of who will win the league.

“We still have to play Cape Town City at home. It all depends on how far we can go in terms of scrapping [for] results here and there.

“We are approaching the business end of the season. Each and every team is scrapping for points because it’s not easy.”

SuperSport should have Stuart Baxter back in the dugout when the club host Bloemfontein Celtic at the Lucas Moripe Stadium tomorrow.

Baxter missed the club’s win over Bidvest Wits and their draw with Kaizer Chiefs due to illness.

His return will be welcomed, as the Briton has had a positive impact at SuperSport‚ taking a struggling team and turning them into Nedbank Cup champions just four months into his tenure.

He will be looking to retain that trophy as the Tshwane side are in the semifinals of that tournament.

“We are getting better and better as a team‚” Tembo said.

“The players are starting to understand what Stuart Baxter‚ our head coach‚ wants from them. You can see in how we defend and attack.

“We have a lot of good moments going forward. I think there’s been quite a big improvement from last season.”

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