The Pretoria outfit failed to defend their MTN8 crown after losing 4-1 on penalties to the Citizens on Saturday evening, Kickoff.com has reported.
“I think it was a bit difficult. It was a very tight game where we never really give too much. I think we had a few chances, a few breaks especially in the 90 minutes,” Tembo told SuperSport TV.
“But probably a lack of good decision-making especially in the final third then we could’ve sneaked one in there. Even them as well, there were times when they had a few breaks where they could have sneaked in one there.
“But at the same time, it was a game where it could’ve been decided by penalties because 120 minutes couldn’t even separate the two teams” Tembo said during a post-match interview.
The way United started off could’ve easily seen them go down by a hefty amount of goals at halftime, with Tembo acknowledging their inequities in that regard.
“I think they were playing through, especially in midfield where they could find the striker, where our midfielders were not really screening the defence and protecting the defence and they could get a few second balls.
“There was a time where [Ayanda] Patosi got a few second balls and [Siphelele] Mthembu there was a time when he went through as well that could’ve been a goal. But I think we came back after that.
“We created a few chances. We played effective football. We got into effective areas but poor decision-making let us down. But at the same time, credit should go to City, they played well.
“They had the better part of the possession, but we defended well as well. At the same time, you need to give it to them they deserve it,” he said.