Reneilwe Letsholonyane: Time for SuperSport to change focus – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – SuperSport Utd

Club Africain player Ibrahim Chenihi (R) fights for the ball with Supersport United FC player Reneilwe Letsholonyane (L) during the semi-final return 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Club Africain and Supersport United FC in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 15:30

SuperSport United midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane says his side must move on from their CAF Confederation Cup final defeat.

The Tshwane side were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by DR Congo giants TP Mazembe across the past two weekends, in their first continental cup final.

And they have had little time to reflect on the defeat, as this evening they begin the process of catching up missed games in the Absa Premiership.

United will host Ajax Cape Town at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit and ‘Yeye’ believes they must switch focus quickly to the challenges which lie ahead of them in the domestic competition.

“We’ve recovered because we know that this game is important and the weekend chapter we have closed it,” said Letsholonyane, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“We are looking forward to the new one which is competing in the league.”

Ajax have struggled to find top gear this season, but the United midfielder is wary of underestimating them.

“They are definitely a threat because they have not been doing well and getting the results they want.

“But we know that on any given day they can upset any team, so we know that they are not a bad team. It is just they are not getting good results.

“We will be cautious and hope that we do well on the day to get maximum points at the end of the day.

“We take this game as another game that we play. It’s not really about bouncing back or anything. It’s about competing and winning the game.”

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Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amotta to change game plan for Champions League final

Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amoutta

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 17:00

Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amoutta reveals they will employ a different approach against Al Ahly in the second leg of their CAF Champions League final on Saturday.

The two giants are fresh from a 1-1 draw in the first leg last week in Alexandria where the Egyptians scored through Moamen Zakaria, but Wydad equalised courtesy of Achraf Bencharki.

Whilst Wydad are playing their third final, winning once and losing in 2011, Ahly will be making their 11th appearance at the final after tasting defeat twice in 1983 and 2007.

“We are going to apply a totally different approach,” said Amoutta.


“Of course holding Al Ahly away is a good result, but we have won nothing yet. It’s a totally different match now and we have to prepare well as we’re facing a team with great history and experience.”

The encounter will be staged at the 60,000 capacity venue, Mohamed V Complex in Casablanca and the 48-year old coach will want to be victorious.

Amoutta previously led FUS Rabat to CAF Confederation Cup glory in 2010 and looks poised to add another feat to his career.

The winner will walk away with a cash reward of 2,500,000 US Dollars and a ticket to represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup in December in Abu Dhabi.

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Letsholonyane backs CAF’s move to change AFCON dates

Reneilwe Letsholonyane of Supersport United during the 2017 Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United at the Loftus Stadium, South Africa on 13 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jul 21, 2017. 12:30

With speculation rife that CAF could change the Africa Cup of Nations tournament dates which is staged between January and February, SuperSport United midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane supports the decision.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder became the first local player to throw his support behind the proposed move by CAF members to switch the AFCON showpiece to mid-year, i.e. June/July.

‘Yeye’ said the idea will benefit national teams as that would ensure players are available, ending the club versus country issues.

Over 200 CAF delegates met in Morocco on Thursday to deliberate on issues affecting continental football.

Among issues discussed was the timing of the continental showpiece which is staged between January and February every two years.

“I buy into the suggestion of the Afcon being played in June because that would give the coaches of all national teams an opportunity to get players they want – it would be during the off-season,” said Letsholonyane.

“Sometimes African players who play in Europe really want to play at the Afcon but because they do not want to risk losing their positions at their clubs‚ they end up not coming.

“If the tournament is held in May or June‚ they would definitely come.

“Having almost all the top players from the top leagues around the world in one tournament would only serve to boost the image and level of the tournament.

“You have a three-year contract with that club and the national team is something that happens once in about two to three months.

“You spend a lot of time at your club and you will choose the club because of the many months you spend there.

“If you lose your position‚ it means sitting on the bench‚ frustration and trying to win back your position which is not guaranteed.”

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