SuperSport United boss Kaitano Tembo has bluntly explained the absence of trialist Thabo Qalinge from a friendly against Township Rollers over the weekend, revealing the former Pirates defender has severe Haemorrhoids.
The coach was clearly not in the mood to beat around the bush after the contest against the outfit from Botswana and gave a clipped explanation to the gathered press.
“Yes he has been training with us but he got sick, he got piles. The doctor checked with him. He is sick at the moment as far as I am concerned.”
Section 10 was released by Orlando Pirates in the close season after five seasons with the Buccaneers and is eager to attach himself to a club that can get him back to the top of his game.
Supersport United are well into their pre-season training and trialling Qalinge as a potential replacement for George Lebese, who returned to parent club Mamelodi Sundowns after a season-long loan with their Tshwane rivals.
Injuries and a lack of form meant that Qalinge was never able to break into the Orlando Pirates starting XI, though he did rack up 61 league appearances for the club. In 14 matches across all competitions last season, Qalinge failed to register a single goal or assist for the Sea Robbers.
Extra rest for Supersport’s internationals
The Pretoria club also rested Bafana Bafana players Dean Furman and Ronwen Williams as well as Zimbabwe striker Evans Rusike, who have been away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
“Dean Furman and Ronwen Williams will join us when we return back from Stellenbosch after seven days,” the coach added. “We decided to given them a break to spend time with their families.
“We have given Evans two days off and he will join us tomorrow.”
The Swanky Boys finished a disappointing seventh last season and last gathered a piece of silverware when they won the 2017 Nedbank Cup. All three of the club’s PSL titles came in successive years from 2008 until 2010 but since the departure of former coach Gavin Hunt have failed to hit the same heights.
Supersport United will face Mamelodi Sundowns in a season-opening Pretoria derby on 3 August.