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Benni: Tembo will come back stronger

Benni McCarthy has backed Kaitano Tembo to bounce back from the heartbreak of SuperSport United's MTN8 final defeat to Cape Town City on Saturday.

City downed Matsatsantsa on 4-1 penalties at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium after a 0-0 draw, with Peter Leeuwenburgh saving spot-kicks from Bradley Grobler and Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

After losing last year's final to SuperSport, McCarthy finally clinched his first trophy as a coach in his second season. However, after the match, he took time to encourage his beaten opponent.

"He's going to go through the same I went through last season. As a first-time head coach, you think there's a big opportunity there, and then when it doesn't happen, and it happens in a lottery ticket in the manner that it did, it will haunt the coach for a little bit," the former FC Porto striker told the media.

"But I think he can come back stronger because he's got great players and you can see that the players have taken to him and these guys are willing to go the extra mile for him.

"And I think he's got something special there, you know, so he must just keep going -- not that I'm an expert now because I've won my cup and I can give expert advice.

"I just talk from [experience] because I've been in that situation last season, and I could have also put my head down and said: 'That was it, best chance I would have had as a coach.'

"But I went back and I fought and I learned about myself more -- where I made mistakes before and how I could be better, so now we're over the line with one and we want to continue."