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Jeremy Brockie reveals CAF Confederation heartbreak


Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by Jean Kasusula of TP Mazembe during 2017 CAF Confederations Cup Final Supersport United training at TP Mazembe Stadium in Stade Kamalondo DRC on 19 November 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 14:00


In the wake of their CAF Confederation Cup 2-1 aggregate defeat to TP Mazembe, SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie says it hurts to lose the coveted title.

The New Zealand international expressed the club’s pain of being so close, but yet so far from lifting the trophy.

Brockie was looking to help the Tshwane giants and erase his personal failure to to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Although coach Eric Tinkler’s men were hoping to use their home advantage, they failed to score at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night finished 0-0.

“It’s been a long journey, travelled all around Africa. It’s been an amazing experience and to get so close but so far hurts,” Brockie said.

“They are a well-structured side. They have some experienced players at the back and they did not give us too many opportunities to get a sniff at goal.

“It’s disappointing that we did not have a little bit more composure in the final third.

“We needed to play with more tempo at times. We could have penetrated more.”

The victory for the Ravens means they have successfully retained the trophy they lifted last year and coach Phamphile Mihayo has confirmed he wants to stay with the club for many nears.



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TP Mazembe coach Mihayo unsure of future with DR Congo giants – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 12:00


TP Mazembe head coach Pamphile Mihayo has revealed that he wants to stay at the club even if he is replaced as coach.

The tactician was in charge of the DR Congo giants as they retained the CAF Confederation Cup by beating South Africa’s SuperSport United 2-1 on aggregate following a goalless draw in Pretoria on Saturday.

Mihayo has been coach April but there is a uncertainty surrounding the club at present, particularly since the exiling of the team’s president Moise Katumbi to Belgium two years.

“Maybe if they bring in another coach, I’ll still be there to serve. I want to help this team because it is my team,” Mihayo said on BBC.

“Now it is up to the club’s directors to decide if they are going to give me another six months, or a year. I’m ready to continue.

“I’m a son of the club. This team – TP Mazembe – is my team. I’ve been here for a very long time. I have given them two cups now in one season,” he said.

The former Mazembe captain was in charge when Mazembe won the league title earlier in the year just after he took over from Frenchman Thierry Froger.

Mihayo is now in charge of several of his ex-teammates were in the line-up with him when he captained the Mazembe side that reached the 2010 Club World Cup final.

“The players accepted to work under me, to listen to my instructions and I must thank them for that,” the 41-year-ole continued.

“Congratulations to my players, they did not give any opportunity to SuperSport in the game, they did not make any fouls nor did they concede any penalties.

“They were ready, they defended well because they are experienced players.”

Mazembe will take on 2017 CAF Champions League winners Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the 2018 CAF Super Cup.



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TP Mazembe claim second successive Confederation Cup


Thuso Phala of Supersport United challenged by Chongo Kabaso of TP Mazembe during 2017 CAF Confederations Cup Final Supersport United training at TP Mazembe Stadium in Stade Kamalondo DRC on 19 November 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 22:20



TP Mazembe have won the CAF Confederation Cup for a second successive time after they held SuperSport United 0-0 in the second leg of the final at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.

The result saw the Ravens win the final 2-1 on aggregate, with the DRC giants rewarded for a superb defensive performance against a United side which wasn’t quite able to find the killer instinct needed to claim a first continental prize.

Mazembe began strongly and looked to take the game to United rather than sit back and defend their lead. Their positive attitude should have paid dividends in the 10th minute when Rainford Kalaba sprung the offside trap, but faced with only the goalkeeper to beat he struck his shot wildly over the target.

Four minutes later Kalaba did some fine work down the left flank to get to the byline and pull a dangerous ball back, but Daniel Nii Adjei somehow shot wide of the near post when it seemed easier to score.

United took some time to get a foothold in the game, but it was a sign of their growing strength that they had a goal ruled out – correctly – for offside just before the half hour mark, as Tefu Mashamaite found the net with a diving header from Dean Furman’s cross.

The hosts made a change at the start of the second half, as they introduced Grant Kekana in place of the injured Siyabonga Nhlapo, and they created the first clear chance after the restart when a corner kick was flicked on by Clayton Daniels and just missed by both Mashamaite and Bradley Grobler.

SuperSport dominated the majority of the second half, but on a wet, heavy pitch they struggled to create openings. In fact, their first shot on target only arrived in the 73rd minute when substitute Dove Wome saw his effort easily saved by Sylvain Gbouhouo.

Mazembe were reduced to 10 men in the 82nd minute when defender Chongo Kabaso picked up a second yellow card in quick succession and was sent for an early shower, yet United ‘levelled’ the game to 10 v 10 when Thuso Phala was shown a straight red in the final minute of regulation time for a studs-up challenge.

SuperSport United 0

TP Mazembe 0

Mazembe won 2-1 on aggregate

SuperSport: Ronwen Williams, Siyabonga Nhlapo (Grant Kekana 46’), Tefu Mashamaite, Clayton Daniels, Aubrey Modiba, Dean Furman, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Thuso Phala, Sipho Mbule (Kingston Nkhatha 81’), Bradley Grobler, Jeremy Brockie (Dove Wome 66’)

TP Mazembe: Sylvain Gbouhouo, Issama Mpeko, Joel Kimwaki, Chongo Kabaso, Zola Kiaku, Nathan Sinkala, Koffi Kouame, Daniel Nii Adjei (Miche Mika 64’), Adama Traore (Solomon Asante 74’), Ben Malango, Rainford Kalaba (Mechak Elia 60’)



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CAF Confederation Cup: SuperSport 0-0 TP Mazembe – As it happened – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 22:02


Welcome to coverage of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup final, second leg between SuperSport United and TP Mazembe from the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane, South Africa.

Commentary:

All times CAT

90+4′ – Full time – It ends 0-0 and TP Mazembe win the final 2-1 on aggregate! The DRC giants defend their Confederation Cup crown, while the South Africans miss out on a first continental prize!

90+1′ – Yellow card – Furman booked for a challenge borne of frustration. There will be four minutes of added time.

90′ – Red card – Phala is sent off for a studs-up challenge, he can have no complaint. It’s 10 v 10 for what remains of the match.

88′ – Wome plays a disappointing pass straight out of play as the desperation builds for United…

85′ – Five minutes left for SuperSport to get one goal against a team down to 10 men. Surely they’ll never get a better chance to win a continental competition?

82′ – Yellow card, sending off – Mazembe down to 10 men for the remainder of the match after Kabaso picks up his second booking and is sent off! The defender went through the back of Nkhatha to earn the caution.

81′ – Substitution – Kingston Nkhatha replaces Mbule in the last change of the match.

80′ – Grobler shoots direct from the set piece… way too high, disappointing effort.

79′ – Free kick just outside the penalty area for United. Can they make something of this chance?

77′ – Yellow card – Kabaso now booked for a late challenge in midfield. It suits the visitors to make the game stop-start…

76′ – Yellow card – Mpeko cautioned for a late kick on the United goalkeeper.

74′ – Substitution – Traore makes way for Solomon Asante in the final change for the Ravens.

73′ – Wome brings down a cross in the box and gets away a shot, but it’s a cormfortable save for the TPM ‘keeper.

72′ – Malango with a low shot… comfortable save for Williams.

71′ – Yellow card – Mashamaite is perhaps lucky to get only a caution as he cynically takes down Mika.

68′ – Kimwaki goes down with cramp, it’s already some crafty time wasting from TPM as we reach the midway point of the second half.

66′ – Substitution – Dove Wome replaces Brockie in United’s second change. The New Zealand striker won’t add any further to the 10 goals he has in the competition.

65′ – Malango with a great turn down the left flank, but his attempted cross is poor.

64′ – Substitution – Adjei makes way for Miche Mika in Mazembe’s second change.

61′ – Modiba with a shooting chance on the left of the box… just over the target! United are getting closer.

60′ – Substitution – Kalaba is replaced by Mechak Elia in Mazembe’s first change.

57′ – Mbule tumbles in the box, but there’s no real shot for a penalty from the hosts.

55′ – A United corner is flicked on by Daniels, before Grobler and Mashamaite both miss out on the loose ball!

53′ – Kekana floats in a cross from the right, Kimwaki with a good headed clearance.

50′ – Grobler with a half chance in the penalty area, but he’s called back for a hand ball.

49′ – Mashamaite with a fine challenge to stop the run of Traore in the penalty area. Mazembe look revived after the half time break.

46′ – Substitution – Back underway in the second half. United have made a change at the break, with Nhlapo making way for Grant Kekana, presumably due to injury.

45+1′ – Half time – The game and the tie remain precariously poised at 0-0 and 2-1 to TPM respectively. The visitors will feel they should have killed off the game early on, but United’s growing strength suggests the trophy remains within their reach.

45′ – There will be one minute of added time.

44′ – Brockie with an imaginative attempt on the turn, but it’s no real threat to the TPM goal.

42′ – Yellow card – Kalaba booked for a blatant foul on Nhlapo.

40′ – Five minutes to half time, United are showing their strength now and will feel that the game is there for them to win after Mazembe’s early misses.

37′ – Kalaba tries a long-range curler which drifts wide of Williams’ left-hand post.

36′ – Fine defence from Kouame as he clears an awkward ball between Brockie and Grobler.

34′ – Malango crosses from the right, but it’s straight out for a goal kick. The visitors’ attack has gone quite in the last few minutes, with United gradually claiming a control of the game.

31′ – Past the half hour mark, still 0-0. Mazembe with an injury worry after Kimwaki goes down, but he should be okay to play on.

29′ – Grobler goes for goal… hits the wall. The second ball into the box sees Mashamaite find the back of the net, but he’s flagged offside.

28′ – Mbule wins a free kick in the ‘D’ of Mazembe’s box after a foul from Adjei. Great attacking opportunity for the hosts…

27′ – Kiaku gets a talking to from the referee after chopping down Nhlapo on United’s right flank.

24′ – Past the midway point of the first half here in Tshwane, still 0-0 in the match and 2-1 to TPM on aggregate.

22′ – SuperSport down to 10 men temporarily while Mashamaite receives treatment for a cut to the head.

19′ – Traore shoots from long range… well off target.

17′ – Another comfortable claim for Gbouhouo. An easy evening for TPM’s defence so far.

16′ – United need to shake off the cobwebs, they’re being totally outplayed by Mazembe so far and remain in contention only through sheer luck.

14′ – Great work from Kalaba down the left, his pull back finds Adjei, who misses a glaring chance from close range! It should be 2-0 to the visitors…

12′ – A first touch – and a confident one at that – for goalkeeper Gbouhouo, who claims a left-flank cross from Modiba.

10′ – Kalaba springs the offside trap brilliantly, finds himself faced one-on-one with Williams, but he panics and shoots over! What a great chance missed by the Ravens!

8′ – Kalaba crosses from the left, but there’s no one in the middle for the DRC visitors.

6′ – Mazembe’s first effort in anger comes from Sinkala, whose long-range drive is high and wide.

3′ – Phala crosses from the corner, finds Letsholonyane ahead of the near post, but the midfielder’s flick is out for a goal kick to Mazembe.

2′ – Phala wins the first corner kick of the match in favour of the hosts.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Tshwane! SuperSport wear all blue, while Mazembe are in black and white.

20h10 – The referee for tonight’s clash is Senegalese official Malang Diedhiou. And a reminder that if SuperSport wins the game 2-1, we will go straight to a penalty shootout with no extra time.

19h45 – Half an hour to kick-off in Tshwane. Just a reminder that the first leg in Lubumbashi last weekend ended in a 2-1 win for Mazembe. Adama Traore and Daniel Nii Adjei scored for the Ravens, while Matsatsantsa’s away goal was netted by Sipho Mbule.

Here are the starting line-ups…

SuperSport: Ronwen Williams, Siyabonga Nhlapo, Tefu Mashamaite, Clayton Daniels, Aubrey Modiba, Dean Furman, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Thuso Phala, Sipho Mbule, Bradley Grobler, Jeremy Brockie

TP Mazembe: Sylvain Gbouhouo, Issama Mpeko, Joel Kimwaki, Chongo Kabaso, Zola Kiaku, Nathan Sinkala, Koffi Kouame, Daniel Nii Adjei, Adama Traore, Ben Malango, Rainford Kalaba



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CAF Confederation Cup: SuperSport 0-0 TP Mazembe – LIVE – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by Jean Kasusula of TP Mazembe during 2017 CAF Confederations Cup Final Supersport United training at TP Mazembe Stadium in Stade Kamalondo DRC on 19 November 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 20:28


Welcome to LIVE coverage of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup final, second leg between SuperSport United and TP Mazembe from the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane, South Africa.

Live Commentary (press F5 to refresh)

All times CAT

14′ – Great work from Kalaba down the left, his pull back finds Adjei, who misses a glaring chance from close range! It should be 2-0 to the visitors…

12′ – A first touch – and a confident one at that – for goalkeeper Gbouhouo, who claims a left-flank cross from Modiba.

10′ – Kalaba springs the offside trap brilliantly, finds himself faced one-on-one with Williams, but he panics and shoots over! What a great chance missed by the Ravens!

8′ – Kalaba crosses from the left, but there’s no one in the middle for the DRC visitors.

6′ – Mazembe’s first effort in anger comes from Sinkala, whose long-range drive is high and wide.

3′ – Phala crosses from the corner, finds Letsholonyane ahead of the near post, but the midfielder’s flick is out for a goal kick to Mazembe.

2′ – Phala wins the first corner kick of the match in favour of the hosts.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Tshwane! SuperSport wear all blue, while Mazembe are in black and white.

20h10 – The referee for tonight’s clash is Senegalese official Malang Diedhiou. And a reminder that if SuperSport wins the game 2-1, we will go straight to a penalty shootout with no extra time.

19h45 – Half an hour to kick-off in Tshwane. Just a reminder that the first leg in Lubumbashi last weekend ended in a 2-1 win for Mazembe. Adama Traore and Daniel Nii Adjei scored for the Ravens, while Matsatsantsa’s away goal was netted by Sipho Mbule.

Here are the starting line-ups…

SuperSport: Ronwen Williams, Siyabonga Nhlapo, Tefu Mashamaite, Clayton Daniels, Aubrey Modiba, Dean Furman, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Thuso Phala, Sipho Mbule, Bradley Grobler, Jeremy Brockie

TP Mazembe: Sylvain Gbouhouo, Issama Mpeko, Joel Kimwaki, Chongo Kabaso, Zola Kiaku, Nathan Sinkala, Koffi Kouame, Daniel Nii Adjei, Adama Traore, Ben Malango, Rainford Kalaba



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2017 CAFCC FINAL: TP Mazembe 2-1 SuperSport United – AS IT HAPPENED – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Supersport United FC players celebrate after scoring against Club Africain 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

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Nov 19, 2017. 17:39


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our LIVE COVERAGE of the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final first leg clash between TP Mazembe and SuperSport United from the Stade TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi on Sunday, 19 November 2017.

TP Mazembe: Matampi; Mpeko, Kimwaki, Kabaso, Kasusula, Sinkala, Adjei (Mputu 82′), Kalaba (Meschack 58′), Kubanza (Asante 61′), Malango, A.Traore.

SuperSport United: Williams; Nhlapo, Daniels, Mashamaite, Modiba, Furman, Mbule, Phala, Wome (Kekana 81′), Brockie (Lakay 73′), Grobler (Farmer 85′).

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES: 

The reverse fixture will take place in Atteridgeville next Saturday, 25 November 2017.

Full-Time: TP Mazembe 2-1 SuperSport United

90′ Three minutes added.

89′ CHANCE! Tresor Mputu guides his free-kick attempt inches over the crossbar. Mazembe throwing everything but the kitchen sink at SuperSport.

86′ Eric Tinkler has introduced both Grant Kekana and Denwin Farmer as Matsatsantsa shut up shop! The South Africans looking a tad tired.

77′ CHANCE! TP Mazembe quick on the counter-attack as Solomon Asante guides his shot inches wide of goal. SuperSport living on the edge here.

75′ Joel Kimwaki is the first person into the referee’s book.

67′ GOAL! Daniel Nii Adjei restores the Ravens lead as he hammers home from the edge of the area. Ronwen Williams a tad suspect again with the unusual bounce off the artificial turf catching him off guard.

65′ SHOT! Jean Kasusula guides his free-kick attempt straight at Ronwen Williams, who gathers with confidence.

60′ Hour played in Lubumbashi and it’s advantage SuperSport United as we enter the final third of the clash. The Ravens need their fans to come to the party.

55′ Excellent recovery tackle by Tefu Mashamaite to deny Adama Traore who darted in behind the SuperSport United defensive line.

47′ GOAL! What a goal by Sipho Mbule to draw the two teams level! Unstoppable long range effort by the teenager who silences the home crowd!

46′ The second half is underway in Lubumbashi.

45+1′ Half-Time: TP Mazembe 1-0 SuperSport United

45′ One minute added.

42′ Nervy moment at the back for Siyabonga Nhlapo, but TP Mazemeb fail to punish their visitors. Nothing to write home about over the course of the past couple of minutes as we approach the interval.

30′ Half-hour played in Lubumbashi – things have cooled down a tad after what was a frantic opening exchange.

22′ SHOT! Chances continue to come at either end of the pitch in what has been an end-to-end encounter. Dove Wome the latest to guide a shot inches wide of goal.

18′ GOAL! TP Mazembe hit the front as Adama Traore powers his left-footed shot past Ronwen Williams who makes a real mess of it. Sucker punch.

18′ POST! Ushindi Kubanza rattles the woodwork following a mistake in defence.

14′ SuperSport United all over their hosts as Ley Matampi is called into action to deny Dove Wome and Thuso Phala in quick succession.

12′ CHANCE! So close Great work by Thuso Phala to pick out Bradley Grobler, but he fails to punish the Ravens with the goal at his mercy. Huge miss.

10′ CHANCE! Thuso Phala picks out Clayton Daniels at the back post, but his header is straight at Ley Matampi. 

4′ SHOT! Rainford Kalaba tries his luck from range, but his attempt flies inches wide of goal.

3′ Lively start to the match with Mazembe applying early pressure on their hosts.  At the other end of the pitch Dean Furman picks out Bradly Grobler who has time and space in the box, but he is unable to find Jeremy Brockie.

1′ Kick-off in Lubumbashi!

– No place in the starting eleven for Sylvain Gbohouo who drops to the bench to cap what has been a dismal week for the shot-stopper.

Jeremy Brockie starts for SuperSport United in what has been a busy few days for the forward who was as far as New Zealand and Peru over the course of the past week. Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Morgan Gould are both suspended and play no part.



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SuperSport United defender Tefu Mashamaite confident of lifting CAF Confederation Cup title


Ellesah Mensah JR of CF Mounana challenged by Tefu Mashamaite of Supersport United during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup match between Supersport United and CF Mounana at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville South Africa on 08 July 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Friday Nov 17, 2017. 14:30


SuperSport United defender Tefu Mashamaite has revealed his ambition when it comes to the CAF Confederation Cup competition.

The former Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits defender says lifting the continental trophy will be a huge achievement and says he’s looking forward to the final.

Under the guidance of coach Eric Tinkler, the Tshwane giants are set to face Congo’s TP Mazembe on Sunday in the first leg of the final.

With Morgan Gould suspended for the opening leg, ‘Masha’ will lead the club from the back together with Clayton Daniels.

“As an individual I think it will be the highest achievement. I have never been to the level where we are at with SuperSport, a continental final,” said Mashamaite to the media.

“It’s a big one. I have been with Bafana Bafana before, but I have never been to this stage, so it’s something to look forward to, history in the making.

“It’s been a great journey, starting in Madagascar right up to here. So we need to take from the confidence we have built.

“Experience is a factor. Experience is something you can add onto your game, but first you have to be part of the team.

“You have to be positive and be present on the day. We are looking forward to it. It’s another final, so we have to be positive.”



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SuperSport sweat on Brockie, Williams in build-up to CAFCC final – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Ronwen Williams of Supersport United saving a penalty during the 2017 Nedbank Cup semifinal game between Chippa United and Supersport United at Sisa Dukashe Stadium, East London on 20 May 2017 © Luigi Bennett/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 16, 2017. 09:20


SuperSport United head coach Eric TInkler will be sweating on the availability of Ronwen Williams and Jeremy Brockie ahead of the first leg of the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final.

Matsatsantsa travel to Lubumbashi on Friday ahead of the first leg in the Democratic Republic of Congo, before the reverse fixture in Atteridgeville a week later.

SuperSport are hoping to win their first ever continental crown, having watched South African rivals Mamelodi Sundowns clinch the CAF Champions League 12 months ago.

SuperSport, though, might be without the duo Williams and Brockie with the latter to participate in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier for New Zealand in Lima later today – local time, (04h15 CAT tomorrow morning).

Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Williams is said to be carrying a slight knock and his a doubt for this weekend’s clash.

Brockie is confident he will make it back in time from Peru for the club’s trip to Lubumbashi, but it is not yet clear how ready the 30-year-old will be having covered a lot of distance over the past week.

“I get back to Jo’burg at 7.20am on Friday morning and the team are only going to fly at 9.20am so I will meet up with them at the airport‚” Brockie told the Sowetan.

“I will not have had too many training sessions with the boys, but we’ve been there and done that before and I’m really looking forward to a massive game in Lubumbashi.

“I’ll be sleeping as much as I can on the plane,” he concluded.



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SuperSport United boss Stan Matthews wants fair officiating in Confederation Cup final against Mazembe


Supersport United FC players celebrate after scoring against Club Africain 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

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 18:30


As SuperSport United are set to visit Congolese side, TP Mazembe in honour of the first leg of their 2017 CAF Confederation Cup final, CEO Stan Matthews wants to see good officiating from the referees.

The Amatsantsantsa boss is hoping to see a fair encounter and credited his players for resilience in tough situations along the way.

Matthews recalls the day when Orlando Pirates met the Ravens in the CAF Champions League when the late goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa had to save two penalties for Bucs in a 1-0 defeat in 2013.

Seychelles referee, Bernard Camille, was the man tasked with officiating the tie and was also in charge when the South African Premier Soccer League outfit drew 1-1 against Tunisia’s Club Africain in the semi-final at home last month.

“To have had luck along the way and the character of the boys that they showed to overcome what we feel was not the best officiating over the two legs against Club Africain, I think it was fantastic,” said Matthews to Kick-Off.

“Hopefully, we will get a reasonable official. My mind goes back to Orlando Pirates playing against TP Mazembe and the late Senzo pulling off multiple penalty saves.

“One just needs to see the final is officiated in a fair and proper way. Strong officiating is good, fair officiating is better and that’s what we want, then I think we can trade blows with Mazembe.

“We did it home and away in the group stages. We came from a 2-0 down against them there and we showed good character so this team has a lot of self belief at the moment.”

The highly anticipated encounter will be staged at Stade du TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi on Sunday at 14:30 (CAT).



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TP Mazembe, SuperSport battle for first-leg advantage – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Club Africain player Oussama Darragi (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

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 17:30


TP Mazembe and SuperSport United will battle to take a first-leg advantage when they meet in the final of the CAF Confederation Cup this weekend. The match is set for the Stade TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi on Sunday 19 November, kick-off at 15h30 CAT.

Mazembe, the reigning Confed Cup champions, earned the right to defend their title by finishing top of Group D before defeating Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid (7-1 on aggregate) and FUS Rabat (1-0 on aggregate) in the quarter- and semifinals respectively.

SuperSport, who are appearing in their first continental competition final, finished second in Group D before overcoming Zesco United (on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw) and Club Africain (4-2 on aggregate) in the quarter- and semifinals respectively.

The teams met twice in the group stage back in June, drawing 2-2 in Lubumbashi and 0-0 in the return game in Tshwane.

Mazembe have enjoyed intensive preparations for the Confed Cup final, first undergoing a training camp in Morocco where they played several friendlies, before defeating Ecofoot Katumbi 2-0 in their 2017/18 domestic league opener on Monday.

Club president Moise Katumbi has called on TPM fans to fill the stadium and give the Ravens huge support ahead of their clash against United.

“This season, despite the elimination in the Champions League, the club has been performing and the players have invested to reach the final of the CAF [Confederation] Cup. They deserve a really full stadium for this very important final, which is important to win at home,” Katumbi is quoted by the club’s website.

“I know that the supporters of the TPM are always able to mobilise to take their team to success. It is with the support of a large audience that our players will pull a lot of strength from the stands to defeat SuperSport. The players are waiting for everyone to show a sacred union around the team to win.”

SuperSport’s preparations have been hit by an extended absence for their Bafana Bafana players – Ronwen Williams, Clayton Daniels, Dean Furman, Bradley Grobler and Morgan Gould – who were part of the national team’s trip to Dakar for their final 2018 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night.

Matsatsantsa midfielder Aubrey Modiba, who scored against TP Mazembe in the 2-2 draw five months ago, is looking forward to the battle.

“I have not missed a game in the Confed Cup. I am only one who has played every game and I am happy. It shows that there is something I am doing right,” Modiba told KickOff.

“I just have to keep performing consistently. Credit to the coaches for giving me the opportunity. My family has also been supporting me. It’s not only about me, but about the team as well.”

Modiba added, “We know about them. It’s not like we don’t know what to expect. They are a good side and it will be tough. It will be a different ball game because it’s a final. Everyone will want to perform.

“I was happy to score against Mazembe. It’s a big team on the continent. Not everyone gets to score in Lubumbashi.”

The match in Lubumbashi this weekend will be handled by Algerian referee Mehdi Abid Cherif. The return leg is set for the Lucas Moripe Stadium on November 25.



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Tinkler happy with response as SSP now eye African glory – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 17:30


SuperSport United head coach Eric Tinkler was happy with the response from his team as the club now turn their attention to the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final.

Matsatsantsa cruised to a 3-0 win over Golden Arrows a the Mbombela Stadium on Tuesday evening with Aubrey Modiba netting a brace for the Tshwane club.

Having crashed out of the Telkom Knockout Cup this past weekend, Tinkler called for a response from his team and duly got one with the club condemning Arrows to their first Absa Premiership defeat of the season.

“Great performance, overall fantastic, we should have scored more, but I thought we were very solid,” Tinkler said in the aftermath.

“I got that performance [I wanted], we pressed them very well. We punished them on the transition. We were a bit wasteful, and we could’ve made it even more comfortable.”

SuperSport will renew their rivalry with TP Mazembe in the CAF Confederations Cup showpiece, with the to teams having played to successive stalemates in the group stages of this year’s competition.



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SuperSport’s Aubrey Modiba: It’s great to be in the Confed Cup final – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Aubrey Modiba of Supersport United challenged by Dave Daka of Zesco United during 2017 Caf Confederations Cup game between Supersport United and Zesco United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 11:00


SuperSport United midfielder Aubrey Modiba has explained that the South African side is delighted to have reached their first CAF Confederation Cup final.

United have shown incredible form in cup competitions in recent times. Last season they were runners-up in the Telkom Knockout before going on to win a second successive Nedbank Cup title.

Earlier this month they defeated Cape Town City in the final of the MTN8, and last weekend they claimed a 3-1 away win over Club Africain to seal a place in the Confed Cup final.

Matsatsantsa will face defending champions and DR Congo heavyweights TP Mazembe over two legs in November.

“It feels great to be in another final. This is my fourth final since I joined SuperSport last season. This is why I joined the team. I hope we win so that we win more trophies for the club. It’s good to be part of history with the team and it’s also good for my CV,” he told Kick-Off.

“I have not missed a game in the Confed Cup. I am only one who has played every game and I am happy. It shows that there is something I am doing right. I just have to keep performing consistently.

“Credit to the coaches for giving me the opportunity. My family has also been supporting me. It’s not only about me, but about the team as well.”

United and TPM have met twice in the continental competition already this year, drawing both of their clashes in the group phase. Modiba notably netted in a 2-2 draw in DRC in June.

“We know about them. It’s not like we don’t know what to expect. They are a good side and it will be tough. It will be a different ball game because it’s a final. Everyone will want to perform,” Modiba added.

“I was happy to score against Mazembe. It’s a big team on the continent. Not everyone gets to score in Lubumbashi.”



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SuperSport coach: We deserve our place in Confed Cup final – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Supersport United FC coach Eric Tinkler 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

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 14:30


SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler says his side fully deserve their place in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup final.

The South African side claimed a superb 3-1 away win over Tunisia’s Club Africain on Sunday night, completing a 4-2 aggregate triumph.

United will now face defending Confed Cup champions TP Mazembe in the final over two legs in November, as they chase their first piece of continental silverware.

“I think the first 30 minutes of the first half, I thought we were very good. I thought we showed great composure on the ball. The decision making was very, very good,” said Tinkler, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“We knew they would come and play a 4-3-3 formation, we just weren’t too sure whether they would play with three defensive midfielders or two defensive and one attacking in [Oussama] Daragi, whether he would start or not.

“I think the fact they played with defensive midfielders actually played to our advantage. That meant they would be sitting back and looking to only really hurt us on the counter, and I thought we dealt with them very well in the first 30 minutes.

“We created chances, we got the lead and immediately after scoring we changed the way we played. I think the players to a degree started to panic a little bit.

“We started just knocking long balls and that was playing straight into their hands. I felt the last 15 minutes of the first half they started coming at us and creating opportunities, and we had to rectify that obviously at half-time.

“I thought the response from the players in the second half was exceptional. We started showing the same intensity and composure. We got the lead with the second goal.

“It was disappointing how we conceded the penalty. We got caught on the counter which we always knew would be the only real weapon they would have against us.

“We landed up changing the formation going with three at the back, playing with a 3-5-2 and were now looking to break on the counter against them. We ended up getting the third and possibly could have got more.

“So I’m extremely proud of the performance of the team. It’s been a long run to get where we are and we thoroughly deserve to be in that final.”

Tinkler also guided Orlando Pirates to the final of the Confed Cup in 2015, where they were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Etoile du Sahel.



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SuperSport players react to historic CAF Confed Cup win – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Supersport United FC players celebrate after scoring against Club Africain 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

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 12:00


SuperSport United reached the CAF Confederation Cup final for the first time in the club’s history on Sunday.

This was the South African side defeated Tunisian giants Club Africain 3-1 in the semi-final second-leg match at the Stade Olympique de Radès in Radès.

Bradley Grobler (brace) and Jeremy Brockie netted for Matsatsantsa, while Saber Khalifa netted Africain’s consolation goal. As a result, SuperSport won the tie 4-2 on aggregate.

SuperSport are now set to take on Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) giants TP Mazembe in the two-legged final next month.

This is how Matsatsantsa reacted on Twitter:



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SuperSport United reach CAFCC final – AS IT HAPPENED – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Reneilwe Letsholonyane of Supersport United challenged by Ahmed Khelil of Club Africain during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup semifinal football match between Supersport United and Club African at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on 01October 2017 @Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 21:44


Good evening and welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our live PBP coverage of the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup second-leg semifinal showdown between Club Africain and SuperSport United at the Stade Olympique de Radès, on Sunday 22 October 2017.

Club Africain: A.Dkhili; Fakherddine, Opoku (Ifa 64′), Belkhiter, Abdi, I.Dkhili, Ayadi (Darragi 56′), Khalil, Khalifa, Chenihi, Rusike (Aounallah 78′)

SuperSport United: Williams; Nhlapo, Gould, Daniels, Modiba – Furman, Letsholonyane, Mokoena – Phala (Wome 80′), Grobler (Lakay 68′), Brockie (Mashamaite 60′)

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES: 

Full-Time: Club African 1-3 SuperSport United

SuperSport United advance into the final of the 2017 CAFCC following a 4-2 aggregate win. 

90+2′ OFF THE LINE! Clayton Daniels the next to clear off the line following a silly mistake by Ronwen Williams.

90′ Four minutes added.

86′ Bilel Ifa goes into the referee’s book. Club Africain growing ever more frustrated and unstable so. They have been outplayed this evening.

80′ Into the final 10 minutes we go in Radès and SuperSport are inching ever closer to a first final appearance.  Life seemed to be sucked out of Club Africain following Grobler’s second.

73′ Ronwen Williams with a good save to guide Saber Khalifa’s shot out for a corner-kick. Game has become very open.

70′ SAVE! Great stop by Atef Dkhili to deny Aubrey Modiba from close range. Matsatsantsa dangerous on the counter-attack with Club Africain’s spirit having taken a massive blow following Grobler’s second.

64′ GOAL! Grobler bags his brace after being played through on goal by Thuso Phala. The Matsatsantsa pair team up once more to put the tie beyond Club Africain…surely!

63′ As things stand, Club Africain need two goals if they are to progress – SuperSport with two vital away goals.

60′ SuperSport United are going defence as Jeremy Brockie makes way for Tefu Mashamaite. Parking the bus here.

56′ GOAL! Saber Khalifa converts from the spot following a foul inside the area by Morgan Gould.

52′ GOAL! Jeremy Brockie doubles the visitors lead after being put through on goal by Teboho Mokoena. The New Zealand international with his 10th goal of the campaign.

49′ Positive start to the second-half by Matsatsantsa as Teboho Mokoena tries his luck from range. Flares starting to take flame inside the stadium, but the fire department seem to have things under control.

46′ The second half is underway.

45+1′ Half-Time: Club Africain 0-1 SuperSport United (Grobler 16′)

45′ One minute added.

40′ Matsatsantsa holding on by the skin of their teeth here as Africain continue their desperate search for a goal.

35′ SAVE! Ronwen Williams with a brilliant diving save to deny Ghazi Ayadi from a corner-kick.

33′ Eric Tinkler urging his troops to not sit too deep with Africain applying a lot of pressure on their opponents.

30′ End-to-end encounter in Radès with the hosts now upping the tempo. Africain, though, have to show more patience – crowd frustrated by their option to shoot from range.

26′ CHANCE! Ibrahim Chenihi with a chance to pull the two teams level, but he scuffs his shot wide from close range.

24′ Frustrating start to the game for Club Africain, with the Tunisian club forced to chance their luck from range.

21′ Morgan Gould goes into the referee’s book.

17′ CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Africain almost hit back instantly, but Morgan Gould is well positioned to clear Opoku Nicholas’ attempt off the line!

16′ GOAL! What a goal by Bradley Grobler to give SuperSport United the lead. The forward directs a thunderous header into the top corner from an pin-point Thuso Phala cross.

11′ Letsholonyane with an important clearing header at the near post from a Africain corner-kick. The Tunisian outfit will have another chance to whip the ball into a dangerous area from a free-kick…

8′ Neither side willing to commit too many players in attack with Club Africain trying their luck from way out on two occasions thus far. Nothing to really test Ronwen Williams.

4′ Positive start by the visitors who are quickest out of the blocks in Tunisia. Teboho Mokoena seeing a lot of the ball in the early exchanges.

1′ Kick-off!

– All to do for SuperSport United following a 1-1 draw at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville earlier this month.

– The aggregate winner will take on TP Mazembe in this season’s final. The defending champions edged FUS Rabat over two legs.



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Eric Tinkler is ready for a big Confed Cup fight against Africain in Tunis – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Head coach Eric Tinkler of Supersport United 2017 Caf Confederations Cup game between Supersport United and Zesco United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 10:00


Ahead of the CAF Confederation Cup semifinal clash against Club Africain, SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler says they are ready for a big fight.

United are fresh from lifting the MTN8 Cup in the South African domestic season last weekend and Tinkler is hoping to continue with his fairy tale.

VINCENT ENYEAMA SET TO RETURN FOR THE SUPER EAGLES

Although the South Africans travel to Tunisia slightly on the back foot after allowing the Tunisians to get an away goal in a 1-1 draw played at home last month, Tinkler banks on his players to succeed.

“I have told my players that we need to become addicted to winning like it’s some drug,” said Tinkler to CAF website

“We have to want it all the time and we need to have that mentality.

“We are bracing ourselves for a big fight but I believe in my players’ abilities and they have shown that they can thrive when put under pressure.

“Such competitions are where you judge yourself against the best and we need to step up.

“This is a trophy that I want to win as a coach and I almost did it with (Orlando) Pirates.”



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Africain, SuperSport set for humdinger in Radès – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Bradley Grobler of Supersport United (7) celebrates goal with teammates during Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 23 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 16:00


Club Africain and SuperSport United will battle for a place in the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final, when they lock horns in a semifinal, second-leg showdown at the Stade Olympique de Radès on Sunday evening.

Kick-off is at 20h00 CAT.

The Tunisian outfit head into the clash with a distinct advantage, following a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville earlier this month.

Thabo Mnyamane, who will miss the clash in Radès through injury, on target following Saber Khalifa’s opener. The forward’s fifth goal of the campaign as crucial as they come with the away strike set to prove pivotal in the outcome of the tie.

Both teams have set their sights on a first ever CAFCC crown, with SuperSport eyeing a maiden final appearance.

Club Africain reached the 2011 showpiece, but lost out to Moroccan outfit Maghreb de Fès.

Matsatsantsa head coach Eric Tinkler, though, has been involved in a CAFCC final before, as recent as 2015 when he came close to lifting the crown with Orlando Pirates.

The Buccaneers suffering a 2-1 defeat to Étoile du Sahel over two legs.

What SuperSport lack in experience, they are surely to make up for in confidence with the club having claimed the MTN8 trophy last weekend with a hard-fought win over Cape Town City.

In the wake of the success, Tinkler expressed that he wants his troops to win everything on offer.

“I told my players that we needed to become addicted to winning – like it’s some kind of drug. You must want it all the time,” Tinkler was quoted as saying by SunSport.

“The Confed Cup is where you compete against the best. That is where you judge yourself against your peers.

“Hopefully we get to Tunisia and get the result to progress to the final. That is the trophy I would obviously want to win. I take some pride from my time at Pirates – it has motivated me to do what I am doing now,” he concluded.

In Mnyamane’s absence, SuperSport will look to CAFCC top scorer Jeremy Brockie for goals. The New Zealand international has bagged nine goals in this season’s competition.

Gehad Grisha will take charge of the clash in Radès.

The aggregate winner will take on either TP Mazembe or FUS Rabat in the showpiece. The Ravens take a 1-0 lead to Morocco following their success in Lubumbashi.



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SuperSport goalkeeper wants CAF success to add to MTN8 glory – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Ronwen Williams of Supersport United celebrates after saving a penalty during the 2017 Nedbank Cup semifinal game between Chippa United and Supersport United at Sisa Dukashe Stadium, East London on 20 May 2017 © Luigi Bennett/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 17:00


SuperSport United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams is hopeful that the club can add CAF Confederation Cup success to this past weekend’s MTN8 triumph.

Williams was the hero in a penalty shootout as United defeated Cape Town City on post-match kicks to claim the MTN8 title in Durban on Saturday.

And the ‘keeper will need to be at his best again this coming weekend when the South Africans travel to Tunisia to face Club Africain in the second leg of the teams’ Confederation Cup semifinal, which is locked at 1-1 after the first leg in Tshwane earlier this month.

“The CAF Confederation Cup is there and we can taste it, it’s a few weeks to go,” said Williams, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“We need to write history, we need to put SuperSport on the map.

“SuperSport is one of the bigger teams in the country. Maybe we don’t have as much support in the country as others, but we are one of the bigger teams and our history speaks for itself.

“We’ve been in the last five cup finals, so I’m proud of being part of this team.”

The CA v SuperSport match is set for the Olympic Stadium in Rades on Sunday evening.



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Club Africain invade South Africa chasing a win over SuperSport – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Morgan Gould of Supersport United challenged by Paseka Mako of Chippa United during 2017/18 Absa Premiership game between Supersport United and Chippa United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 19 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 08:00


Tunusia’s Club Africain will hope to continue with their fine form in the CAF confederation Cup when they visit SuperSport United in the first leg of the semi-finals on Sunday.

Coach Mineb Ellili has a tough task ahead of him as they visit the South Africans to cause an upset, but he must guard against conceding away.

Having defeated Algeria’s MC Alger 2-1 (on aggregate) in the Last Eight, his troops are motivated as they meet coach Eric Tinkler’s men.

Despite losing 1-0 in the first leg of the Last Eight, Moataz Zemizemi and Saber Khalifa both scored in the return leg at home.

Shifting focus to the hosts, United will count on Tinkler’s technical know-how on the continent as he guided Orlando Pirates to the final in 2015 against Etoile Sportive du Sahel.

The South African Premier Soccer League outfit booked a spot in the semis after a 2-2 draw against Zesco United of Zambia in Ndola last weekend following a first leg 0-0 draw at home.

Tinkkler will now pin his hopes on midfielder Thuso Phala after netting a brace in Ndola as they want to make history and reach the final of the tournament.

“His (Tinkler) experience is really helpful to us and the club. He knows this competition and knows what is required to reach the finals,” said Phala.

“There is a great amount of positive energy in the camp and it has even rubbed off onto the technical staff.

“We need to ensure that we keep a clean sheet at home because that is very important in continental competitions.

“Not conceding is the ideal situation but going further and winning at home will be a major boost for us.”

This thrilling clash has been moved from Saturday to Sunday, October 1 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium at 15h00 (CAT).



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AfricanFootball previews the weekend’s CAF Confederation Cup action


Saad Aitkhorsa (L) of FUS Rabat vies for the ball with Aliassou Sanou (R) Rivers Unitedduring the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between FATH Union Sport and Rivers United in Rabat, Morocco on 7 July 2017 © BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 11:00


AfricanFootball looks ahead to a weekend which will see the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup open its penultimate round this weekend with two first-leg, semifinal clashes in South Africa and DR Congo.

The action gets underway on Sunday afternoon at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane, with SuperSport United hosting Club Africain.

The South Africans secured a dramatic triumph over Zambia’s Zesco United in the quarterfinals, with Thuso Phala’s last-gasp strike securing progression on away goals after the teams drew 2-2 on aggregate.

Club Africain also left things late in their tie against MC Alger, with veteran Saber Khalifa scoring in the dying minutes to secure a 2-1 aggregate triumph.

Neither side has won this competition before (though CA have been runners-up three times) and both will be desperate for a crack at the silverware.

The second match of the weekend takes place on the same day in Lubumbashi and sees title holders TP Mazembe host Morocco’s FUS Rabat.

The DR Congo side look in ominous form after they crushed Sudan’s Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid 7-1 on aggregate in the quarters, establishing themselves as the competition favourites.

Yet FUS will pose a much sterner challenge: they were good enough to survive the toughest group and did just enough to beat three-time Confed Cup winners CS Sfaxien in the quarterfinals, winning 5-4 on penalties after the teams drew 1-1 on aggregate.

The second-leg matches for both semifinals will be played on the weekend of 20-22 October.

CAF Confederation Cup fixtures

All times CAT – semifinal, first legs

Sunday 1 October

SuperSport United v Club Africain – 15h00

TP Mazembe v FUS Rabat – 15h30



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Zesco draw at home and exit CAF Confederation Cup


Aubrey Modiba of Supersport United challenged by Dave Daka of Zesco United during 2017 Caf Confederations Cup game between Supersport United and Zesco United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 23, 2017. 18:40


Two goals from John Ching’andu and David Owino were not enough as Zesco United exited the CAF Confederation Cup as they drew 2-2 against SuperSport United on Saturday at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

The draw in the quarterfinal, second leg means the South African Premier Soccer League side now reaches the semifinals of the tournament on away goals – the teams drew 2-2 on aggregate.

For the Tshwane side, a brace through Thuso Phala ensured they are through to the next stage and will face either Algerian side MC Alger or Tunisia’s Club Africain in the semifinals.

The hosts started the encounter on a high as they pushed for an early goal at home and their possession brought an early goal.

John Ching’andu found the back of the in the fourth minute as they rectified their errors of the opening leg away in Tshwane.

The visiting side pushed to get a goal and coach Eric Tinkler’s men pulled out all the stops when Phala netted in the 34th minute. 1-1.

Although both camps fought harder to score a leading goal, the end of the first half had both sides deadlocked at 1-1.

However, the return leg saw Zlatko Krmpotic’s men chasing the game to regain their lead and David Owino managed to score their second goal in the 50th minute.

In the dying stages of the encounter, the hosts remained stable at the back as they protected their lead.

However, the Tshwane giants would secure their spot in the final four in stoppage time as Phala completed his brace by firing home at the far post.

Zesco United (1) 2 ( Ching’andu 4′, Owino 50′)

SuperSport United (1) 2 (Phala 34′, 90+’)

Zesco United: Banda, Musekwa, Owino, Kapumbu, Mtonga, Ching’andu (Akumu 84′), Chaila, Kalengo (Kongolo 67′), Silwimba, Mwanza (Daka 72′), Were

SuperSport United: Williams, Daniels, Gould, Kekana (Nhlapo 70′), Modiba (Wome 81′), Furman, Phala, Letsholonyane, Mokoena, Brockie (Mnyamane 65′), Grobler



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We’ve only won the first half – MCA coach – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Mouloudia Club D’Alger coach Bernard Casoni during the African Confederation Cup 2017 match between Algerian Mouloudia Club D’Alger and Tunisian Club Africain in Algiers, Algeria on 16 September 2017 © BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 13:00


MC Alger are only halfway towards beating Club Africain in the CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals, according to coach Bernard Casoni.

The Algerians won the first leg 1-0 at the 5 July Stadium in Algiers on Saturday night, with Hichem Nekkache scoring early on to separate the two North African sides.

Ahead of the return leg on Sunday evening, Casoni says his team performed strongly but will need to maintain their intensity to secure progression.

“There are certainly good things but we still have work to do,” he told Le Buteur.

“We must therefore forget this one-leg match because the qualification will be played in two heats, and we won only the first half and we must remain lucid so that we can negotiate the second half and ensure the qualification.”

Casoni added, “We will focus our work on recovery so that our team can present themselves with the best possible physical freshness.

“The Club Africain is not by chance at this stage of the competition and we must remain very concentrated, because it is a derby that will be played on details.

“So we will do everything we can to do the same match in terms of game intensity and avoid making the same mistakes.

“We will take advantage of this week to fine-tune our preparation, and that reassures me the most.”

The second leg will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Rades on Sunday evening. The aggregate winners will face either SuperSport United or Zesco United in the semifinals.



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AfricanFootball previews the CAF Confederation Cup’s weekend action


Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United celebrates a goal during the MTN8 Semi Final Second Leg match between Maritzburg United and Supersport United on the 09 September 2017 at Harry Gwala Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 11:00


AfricanFootball looks ahead to the resumption of the CAF Confederation Cup, which will feature four quarterfinal, first leg matches played across the continent.

The action gets underway on Friday evening in Tshwane when SuperSport United and Zesco United meet for a Southern African derby. SuperSport have shown solid form of late (they booked a place in the MTN8 final last weekend) and in New Zealand striker Jeremy Brockie they boast the tournament’s leading goal scorer (nine strikes thus far).

Saturday evening promises to be a jam-packed, drama-thrilled sequence of three matches in East and North Africa. First, at the Al-Ubayyid Stadium in Sudan, hosts Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid will be looking to get the better of reigning Confed Cup champions TP Mazembe.

The DRC giants went unbeaten through the group stage and will fancy their chances of a second successive triumph in this competition – though they must prove themselves in a tricky trip to Sudan.

Morocco’s FUS Rabat will then play host to Tunisian side CS Sfaxien. The visitors are three-time champions of the Confed Cup and were mightily impressive through the group stage, making them the favourites to prevail in this North African derby.

And soon after the action gets underway in Rabat, it will be Algeria’s turn for kick-off when the Stade du 5 Juillet in the capital sees MC Alger taking on another Tunisian side in the shape of Club Africain.

CA looked down and out in the group stage but they ended up topping their pool with three successive victories, and they will look to bring that momentum to Algeria for what promises to be a thrilling first-leg clash.

CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal fixtures

First leg matches, all times CAT

Friday 15 September

SuperSport United v Zesco United – 19h00

Saturday 16 September

Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid v TP Mazembe – 19h00

FUS Rabat v CS Sfaxien – 21h30

MC Alger v Club Africain – 21h45



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Sudan’s Al-Ubayyid look to stun TP Mazembe – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Issama Mpeko of TP Mazembe

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 15:00


Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid will square off with TP Mazembe in Al-Ubayyid, Sudan on Friday.

Kick-off is at 19h00 CAT.

The 2017 CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final first-leg match will take place at the Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid.

Al-Hilal reached the quarter-finals after securing a second spot finish in Group Group C in this year’s tournament.

Ibrahim Hussain, the Al-Hilal coach, will be looking to guide the team to the semi-finals for the first time.

Meanwhile, DR Congo giants Mazembe qualified for the last eight after finishing at the top of Group D.

Mazembe coach Pamphile Mihayo Kazembe is expected to guide the team to the semi-finals for the third time as the Ravens are the defending champions.

The winner on aggregate between Al-Hilal and Mazembe will take on either Moroccan side FUS Rabat or Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien in the semi-finals.

South African referee Victor Gomes will officiate the match between Al-Hilal and Mazembe on Saturday.



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Eric Tinkler has studied Zesco United’s offensive play for Confed Cup – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 13:30


As SuperSport United are chasing a CAF Confederation Cup semi-final spot, coach Eric Tinkler says he is happy to be back in continental competitions.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder previously led Orlando Pirates to the final of the same competition in 2015 as they lost to Tunisia’s Etoile Sportive du Sahel.

However, this time, the former Cape Town City manager will lead the Tshwane side against Zambia’s Zesco United in the quarter-final, first leg on Friday.

Yet to make a reasonable impact on the continental scene, Amatsantsantsa will want to emulate their cross-town rivals and current African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns and win the coveted trophy.

“I am happy to be back in CAF Competitions. I am one person who has always believed that South African clubs need to participate and do well in such competitions,” said to CAF website.

“We are at a stage of the competition where all teams are good and whatever weakness we have seen might be corrected come Friday.

“Yes, we have studied how they play but we also need to be on our A-game. We have identified a number of good players that are dangerous in offensive play.

“They are also very versatile in their formation which makes it slightly challenging to plan against them but we will be ready.”

The first-leg. quarter-final clash will be staged on Friday evening at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria and the return leg will be hosted seven days later at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.



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North African rivals Rabat and Sfaxien geared for quarterfinal battle – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Club Sportif Sfaxien player Hamza Mathlouthi ( C) fights for the ball with Mouloudia Club D’Alger player Ayoub Azzi (R) during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Sfaxien and Mouloudia Club D’Alger in Sfax, Tunisia on 8 July 2017 © BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 13, 2017. 16:30


North African rivals Faith Union Sport and CS Sfaxien will begin battle for a place in the last four of the CAF Confederation Cup when they face off on Saturday night.

The teams will clash in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie at the Stade de FUS in Rabat, with kick-off set for 21h30 CAT.

Tunisia’s CSS should be regarded as one of the favourites to win this year’s continental competition. They have the pedigree of being three-time Confed Cup champions and booked their place in the quarterfinals by topping Group B ahead of MC Alger, suffering just one defeat in the process.

New coach Jose Mota has also overseen a strong start to their domestic 2017/18 championship, with Sfaxien recording two wins and two draws from four matches. They were last in action on Saturday with an impressive 3-1 victory at Stade Gabesien.

Morocco’s FUS can count themselves lucky to have progressed into the final eight. They were runners-up in Group A (behind another Tunisian side, Club Africain) but finished level on points with KCCA, only edging ahead of the Ugandans on head-to-head results – they beat the East Africans 3-0 in Rabat, but lost 3-1 in Kampala, with their lone away goal proving crucial in the tie breakers.

Yet coach Walid Regragui’s side seem to be in ominous form ahead of this Confed Cup clash: they handed Morocco’s defending champions Wydad Casablanca a football lesson when the teams met in the opening round of the country’s 2017/18 domestic season this past weekend – so much so that Wydad fans applauded FUS’s players and turned on their own, according to reports in their local media.

South African referee Daniel Bennett will be in charge of the match in Rabat, with the return leg set for Friday 22 September at Stade Taieb Mhiri in Sfax. The aggregate winners will face either Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid or TP Mazembe in the semifinals.



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Caps United’s Ronald Chitiyo set to join Tunisia’s Sfaxien – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 02, 2017. 11:00


Reports in Zimbabwe reval that Caps United striker Ronald Chitiyo is set to join Tunisian giants CS Sfaxien, but is just waiting for medicals.

The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions’ CEO Cuthbert Chitima said Chitiyo’s deal was as good as done.

It is reported that the Tunisian side has sent another air ticket for Chitiyo to travel to Tunisia on Saturday, August 5.

The player impressed Sfaxien’s technical team during their CAF Champions League, Group B showdown against Al Ahli Tripoli of Libya at the Stade Taieb Mhiri in Sfax.

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Although United lost 4-2, Chitiyo’s contribution saw him netting what was seen as one of the best goals in the tournament and Sfaxien were convinced he was the kind of player they were scouting for.

“His (Chitiyo’s) deal is almost done, as he is now waiting for medicals. He was supposed to have gone there last week on Thursday, but the airline he was supposed to use demanded that he obtains a visa before he travels,” said Chitima to the News day website.

“But when we went there for our African Champions League match against Al Ahly Tripoli, we got our visas at the airport in Tunisia. The club had suggested that he travels to Tunisia and obtain his visa on entry.

“So what is just left are those papers for the deal to be finalised. The club was travelling and wanted him to link up with others before the weekend, but due to the delays they said he could come when the rest of the squad has returned to their base.”



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North African derbies headline Confederation Cup last eight ties


Ben Ngita of TP Mazembe challenged by Onismor Bhasera of Supersport United during the Caf Confederation Cup match between Supersport United and TP Mazembe at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 20 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Jul 10, 2017. 14:00


The quarterfinal ties for the CAF Confederation Cup have been confirmed following this weekend’s completion of the group phase of the competition.

The all-Southern African tie between SuperSport United and Zesco United promises to be a thriller, with the former proving their worth by qualifying from a group which included TP Mazembe and Guinea’s powerful Horoya, while the latter finished top of Group C.

And that pool’s second qualifiers, Angola’s Recreativo do Libolo, certainly benefitted from the disqualification of Sudan’s Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid, gifting them a tie against reigning Confed Cup champions Mazembe.

The other two quarterfinals are North African derbies: the Tunisian pair of CS Sfaxien and Club Africain topped their groups to earn ties against Morocco’s FUS Rabat and Algeria’s MCA respectively.

The quarterfinals will be played over two legs, with the matches set for the weekends of September 8-10 and 15-17.

CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal ties

Teams named first are the hosts for the first legs

MC Alger v Club Africain

SuperSport United v ZESCO United

FUS Rabat v CS Sfaxien

Recreativo do Libolo v TP Mazembe

1st legs – 8-10 September

2nd legs – 15-17 September



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Zesco held 1-1 in derby ahead of key CAF clash – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Zesco United coach Serbian Krmpotic

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 18:00


Zesco United were held to a draw in a domestic league derby clash against Buildcon in midweek as they prepare for a crucial CAF Confederation Cup match.

Zesco host Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid in a crucial Group C clash this weekend which will determine whether they join their Sudanese opponents in the quarterfinals.

The Ndola based club were held 1-1 in a domestic league clash by Buildcon on Wednesday. The teams share the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium as their home base.

Jesse Were opened the scoring for Zesco later in the first half, but Buildcon equalised after the break through Chavda Maisha.

Zesco fielded a weakened line-up, with coach Zlatko Krmpotic keeping one eye on their African commitments on the weekend.

“It was a good game for our opponents but not for us. But with all the travelling we have done in the last few days, a point is good enough,” Krmpotic is quoted by SuperSport.

“I noticed in the second half that we were not very aggressive; I don’t know what happened but I think it was all down to fatigue. My players are tired.

“If you noticed, the team we put out today is not our first XI because we wanted some of our players to rest.

“And since we have a crucial game with Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid on Sunday, it is difficult to motivate players in a league game,” said Krmpotic.



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Platinum Stars dimmer in Confed Cup – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Khaled Gourmi of MC Alger challenged by Ndumiso Ndaba of Mbabane Swallows

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jul 01, 2017. 00:14


MC Alger brushed aside Platinum Stars 2-0 in a 2017 CAF Confederation Cup, Group B match at the Stade du 5 Juillet in Algiers in Algeria on Friday.

As a result, the Algerian club remain at the top of the Group A table and they also advance to the quarter-finals, while fourth-placed South African side Stars bow out of the competition.

Nicknamed the Dean, Alger got off to the best possible start as they broke the deadlock just 12 minutes into the game as Dikwena’s defence looked shaky.

Stars conceded a penalty after losing possession in the middle of the park. Abderrahmane Hachoud then stepped up and converted the penalty to make it 1-0 to Alger.

The Dean looked solid at the back in the opening exchanges. Stars captain Vuyo Mere’s free-kick was cleared away by the Alger defence.

Hichem Nekkache came close to doubling Alger’s lead when his chip over Stars goalkeeper Mwenya Chibwe narrowly missed the target on the half-hour mark.

The visitors should have restored parity just before the half-time break after the Dean had lost possession in their own half as Stars pressed them.

However, Bonginkosi Ntuli fired straight at Alger goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi, who came out to deny the Stars striker from a one-on-one situation.

As a result, the first-half ended 1-0 in favour of Alger thanks to Hachoud’s well-taken penalty.

Willem Jackson, the Stars caretaker coach, made a change two minutes into the second-half – introducing Katlego Khunou for Sipho Senne.

Dikwena won a few free-kicks outside the Alger box, but they were failing to make use of them with the towering Dean defenders clearing them away.

The Dean were happy to sit back and contain Dikwena in the closing stages of the match with the visitors struggling to penetrate the home side’s defence.

Stars nearly grabbed a late equalizer when Mere’s free-kick was headed onto the crossbar by Hachoud, who came close to scoring an own-goal in the 89th minute.

Nevertheless, Nekkache sealed Alger’s victory in stoppage time when he beat Chibwe with a powerful shot from range and the home side ran out 2-0 winners.

The loss does not bode well for Platinum Stars who will take on Free State Stars in the first semfinal of the Maize Cup on July 15.

Alger (1) 2 (Hachoud 12′, Nekkache 92′)

Stars (0) 0

Alger: Chaouchi, Hachoud, Demmou,

Bouhenna, Boudebouda, Karaoui, Kacem (El Ouazani 66′), Derrardja, Mansouri (Gourmi 93′), Aouedj (Bougueche 66′), Nekkache.

Platinum Stars: Chibwe, Mnguni, Mwedihanga, Mlilo, Mpeta, Baloyi, Mere, Ng’ambi (Shilongo 77′), Senne (Khunou 47′), Mabena, Ntuli.



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