Draw enough to go through to semis

Sunday Tribune - - SPORT - ANA SPORTS RE­PORTER

ASTOPPAGE time goal earned Su­per­sport United a 2-2 draw with Zesco United in their CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup quar­ter-fi­nal clash at the Levy Mwanawasa Sta­dium in Ndola, Zam­bia, yes­ter­day.

Af­ter last week’s 0-0 draw in Pre­to­ria, the two away goals were enough to see Mat­sat­sansta through, thanks to Thuso Phala’s brace in Ndola.

The Zam­bian side were off to the per­fect start when John Chi­gandu ar­rived un­marked at the back post to vol­ley home a deep cross in clin­i­cal fash­ion af­ter only three min­utes.

Su­per­sport had goal­keeper Ron­wen Wil­liams to thank 10 min­utes later when he did su­perbly to rush off his line and make a point-blank save on May­bin Kalengo as Zesco missed the chance to dou­ble their lead.

Wil­liams was at it again a minute later with an­other bril­liant stop, this time on Chi­gandu, as the vis­i­tor’s de­fence showed vir­tu­ally no re­sis­tance.

Su­per­sport came back in to the match mid­way through the first half as Phala hit the side-net­ting be­fore Jeremy Brockie was de­nied by Zesco keeper Ja­cob Banda at close range.

The Pre­to­ria side squared the game in the 35th minute when Phala latched onto a cross which the hosts had failed to clear and slammed in a low shot from 20-yards out.

Bradley Grob­ler should have put Su­per­sport ahead two min­utes later, but with only an on-rush­ing Banda to beat, he steered his shot wide of the up­right.

Lead

It took Zesco just five sec­ond­half min­utes to re­claim the lead as David Od­hi­ambo took ad­van­tage of some un­cer­tain de­fend­ing to slot past Wil­liams.

Chances were ex­changed as Te­bogo Mokoena missed with a header be­fore Dauti Musekwa fired wide af­ter he made space for a shot 25 min­utes from time for the hosts.

Mat­sat­santsa had a good op­por­tu­nity level the game 13 min­utes from time, but Thabo Mnya­mane was un­able to keep his header down.

The re­main­der of the game saw the Zam­bian side happy to play to the clock, but the South Africans re­fused to give up as Phala popped up at the back post in the 93rd minute to con­vert a low shot af­ter a flick-on by Clay­ton Daniels.

lde­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs were sched­uled to face Moroc­can gi­ants Wy­dad AC in Casablanca last night in the sec­ond leg of their Caf Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nal.

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