A tri­umph for Su­perS­port

CityPress - - Sport - CHARLES BALOYI at Lucas Moripe Sta­dium sports@city­press.co.za

Su­perS­port United have of­ten been ac­cused of not tak­ing CAF com­pe­ti­tions se­ri­ously, but the team ap­pears to have de­vel­oped a dif­fer­ent men­tal­ity this year by dis­play­ing a dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion to make their mark at the 2017 CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup.

Mat­sat­santsa a Pi­tori have gone through their group stages un­beaten against de­cent op­po­si­tion, such as TP Mazembe from the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo and Horoya from Guinea.

Yes­ter­day, United made their in­ten­tions clear as they de­mol­ished Gabon side CF Mounana by four goals to one in their fi­nal group match to book their pas­sage to the quar­ter­fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion.

In do­ing so, Mat­sat­santsa join their il­lus­tri­ous neigh­bours, Sun­downs, in the quar­ter­fi­nals of a con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion.

The Brazil­ians booked their Cham­pi­ons League last-eight spot with a game to spare.

The two teams from Tsh­wane will rep­re­sent Mzansi in the quar­ter­fi­nal stages of the CAF Cup and Cham­pi­ons League.

A hat-trick by Jeremy Brockie and a goal by Thabo Mnya­mane booked United a place in the knock­out stages.

Mat­sat­santsa fin­ished be­hind Mazembe on 10 points, two fewer than the Congo side.

Eric Tin­kler’s team will face Group C win­ners Zesco United from Zam­bia in the next round, while TP Mazembe will take on Egyp­tian side Smouha SC.

Tin­kler watched from the stands as Su­perS­port’s as­sis­tant coach, Kai­tano Tembo, took charge of the game.

The Tsh­wane gi­ants had to win the game at all costs as they started two points be­hind joint lead­ers TP Mazembe and Horoya.

It was not a mat­ter of if, but when the home side would un­lock the vis­i­tors’ de­fence as they searched for an early goal.

It even­tu­ally came through the boot of Brockie, who tucked away de­fender Aubrey Modiba’s invit­ing cross home in the first quar­ter of the hour.

The flood­gates opened as the goals started to come in against the hap­less vis­i­tors.

The cen­tral African club posed no threat to the home side in the open­ing half as goals were there for the tak­ing.

Mnya­mane com­pleted the brace in that big win in Gabon in May, and seems to en­joy scor­ing against Mounana.

He con­tin­ued his goal-scor­ing spree against the Gabonese team as he added the sec­ond one on the half-hour mark.

Mat­sat­santsa were toy­ing with their freefalling op­po­nents as Brockie strength­ened his hold as the tour­na­ment’s lead­ing marks­man by com­plet­ing a first-half hat­trick to take his tally to 10.

Mounana have leaked 14 goals in six matches. They en­tered this match with­out a game plan, and their shaky de­fence col­lapsed dra­mat­i­cally. How­ever, it is worth not­ing that all Mounana’s four goals in the group stages have come against Su­perS­port.

One would have thought that the South Africans would build on their lead in the sec­ond half, but they took their eye off the ball and al­lowed Mounana to score, with Ju­nior Men­sah sneak­ing in a con­so­la­tion goal.

PHOTO: THEMBA MAKOFANE

BEND IT LIKE YEYE Su­perS­port United’s Reneilwe Let­sholonyane in ac­tion against CF Mounana’s Guy­lain Ki­sombe Makun­tima at Lucas Moripe Sta­dium yes­ter­day in At­teridgeville. The home team won the game em­phat­i­cally, and have gone on to book their place in the fi­nal eight of the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup

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