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Tembo: Sirino incident normal for derby

Gaston Sirino (Gallo Images)
Gaston Sirino (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo has played down the incident involving Clayton Daniels, Dean Furman and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Gaston Sirino.

Matsatsantsa secured their place in the MTN8 final following Wednesday's 2-0 win after goals from Teboho Mokoena and Jamie Webber on the night.

Sirino was involved in an off-the-ball incident with Furman and Daniels, which has been the main talking point of the game.

The Uruguayan was booked for his involvement, but Tembo played down the incident, saying they are normal for feisty games like the Tshwane Derby.

"Those are tough decisions that sometimes referees have got to make. You have to make those tough calls but I'm not sure what really happened, from what I heard, someone was slapped," Tembo told SuperSport after the game.

"We need to stamp that out a little bit out of our game. But at the same time, it's emotions, it's a derby, it's normal."

Speaking of the game, Tembo was impressed by how his team didn't rely on prolific forwards Bradley Grobler and Thamsanqa Gabuza this time around.

"We knew it was not going to be an easy game. We had to be a little bit patient and compact a little bit defensively and catch them on transition. They rested about nine players, we knew they had fresh legs. We made only one change from Saturday," Tembo continued.

"I'm very proud of the boys because they worked very hard. It's not easy playing a team like Sundowns and you come out with a result like this.

"This season we've got goals coming in from different angles. Today we got two young midfielders scoring the goals and that's what we have been preaching to have a lot of our attacking players contributing in terms of scoring goals."

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