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Kaitano Tembo ready to take Warriors job

Kaitano Tembo

FORMER Warriors defender Kaitano Tembo is ready to take the senior national team job which is being held by Norman Mapeza on interim basis.

Tembo is currently unattached after losing his job at South Africa's Richards Bay on Christmas Day last year.

The 53-year-old has often been touted as one of the potential candidates to take the Warriors job.

Before Mapeza, former Jose Mourinho's assistant coach, Baltermar Brito, was in charge for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Rwanda and Nigeria.

Brito’s contract was surprisingly not renewed by Zifa, although he appeared to have given the team an identity.

Tembo told South Africa's FARPost that he is keen to accept the Warriors job if Zifa approaches him.

“I have gained a lot of experience, and for me, I am a coach, and when you are a coach, you do not say I do not want to coach.

“If the opportunity comes for me to coach the Warriors, I’m available. I am a coach and I can coach anywhere.

“I will not say they have not approached me, but the most important thing to say is that I am available,” he said.

Tembo, who has also coached SuperSport United and Sekhukhune United, revealed that more South African clubs are after his services.

“There are a few inquiries; there are few clubs that made inquiries, but you must understand that the season has about seven games to play, so everything will come to shape when the season ends.

“But at the moment, I am not just sitting. I’m also trying to look at myself, work and do a few refresher courses,” Tembo added.

The former Warriors defender has a good reputation in South Africa having won the MTN8 Cup with SuperSport United in 2019.

He was a key member of the Warriors squad that made its first appearance at Afcon in 2004.


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