Zesco thwart SuperSport in Confed Cup
fying rounds and the group stage.
In those matches, especially the group stage, SuperSport only won one of their home matches but were strong on the road – scoring seven goals in three matches.
Last night they lost the battle in the stands hands down. Zesco fans were more colourful and louder than their SuperSport counterparts.
It was appropriate that the Zambians occupied the grandstand as they looked and sounded like the home fans.
On the field, Reneilwe Letsholonyane was at home – bossing the midfield and spraying passes at will.
“Yeye” was only let down by the people on the receiving end of his passes, especially Bradley Grobler who started on a shaky foot.
This southern Africa derby was played in a friendly spirit despite the competitiveness that exists between South Africa and Zambia – the only nations in the Cosafa region with an Africa Cup of Nations crown.
But that friendly spirit masked a disappointing outing for the fans who had to entertain themselves with neither of the goalkeepers tested.
The second leg is likely to be a more open affair as Zesco need a goal to take control of the match and any response with a goal for Matsatsantsa will put them in a comfortable position.
SuperSport’s problem was that they didn’t take this match by the scruff of its neck.
Thuso Phala tried to do that early in the match but his fire was quickly extinguished by an orange brick wall that stood in front of him.
Phala and company will need to be more inventive in Ndola if they are to continue their continental journey that started with testing the club’s depth by fielding fringe players in the earlier rounds.
Thuso Phala of SuperSport United, front, is challenged by Jesse Were of Zesco.