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Thuso Phala banking on positive energy ahead of Confed Cup clash – 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup


Thuso Phala of Supersport United challenged by Issama Mpeko of TP Mazembe 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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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 11:30


SuperSport United midfielder, Thuso Phala has emphasised the need to keep a clean sheet at home ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup semi-final clash.

Coach Eric Tinkler will lead his men against Tunisian giants Club Africain this Sunday as they want to register a win and keep a clean sheet at home.

Phala, who scored a brace against Zesco United in the previous stage encounter, says the semi-final stage will be more difficult.

“There is a great amount of positive energy in the camp and it has even rubbed off onto the technical staff,” said Phala to CAF website.

“We made a great comeback playing away and that is a major confidence booster for us as a team.

“We are coming up against the best four teams that remain in the competition so it will be even tougher.

“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.”

The clash was initially set for Saturday afternoon, but has been moved to Sunday, October 1 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium at 15h



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SuperSport’s Eric Tinkler explains how he beat Zesco in Confed Cup – 2017 FIFA Confederations 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

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 14:30


SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler has explained how he reached the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals after overcoming Zesco United on the away goals last Saturday.

Following a 0-0 draw in the quarter-final first leg, Thuso Phala scored a brace to ensure they draw 2-2 against the Zambian side in the second leg.

John Ching’andu and David Owino scored for the hosts at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium last Saturday.

“We knew that we need to come here (Ndola) and not necessarily win but to get a scoring draw and we would go through, and that is precisely what we achieved,” Tinkler said.

“I explained to the players that we basically had 90 minutes in order to achieve that irrespective of whether we conceded or not but that shouldn’t change the fact that we are breaking the tie and that is exactly what we did.

“What we count as very important is what you do away from home rather than what you actually do at home.”

SuperSport will now face Tunisia’s Club Africain in the last four with the first leg of the semi-final set to be held on September 30 in Pretoria.



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Zesco United coach wants improvement against SuperSport in Confed Cup – 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup


Zesco United coach Serbian Krmpotic

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 11:30


Zesco United coach Zlatko Krmpotic has urged his players to improve their performance when they meet South African side SuperSport United.

The Zambian Super League giants are on the road this week to honour their CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final assignment on Firday.

The Team Ya Ziko is fresh from a 3-2 loss against Zanaco FC in the league, but the coach wants a better showing.

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“We must play better. After Zanaco’s first goal we played well for 20- 25 minutes. we need to prepare more for Supersport United. We have is it five days in which to recuperate,” said Krmpotic to the Zambian Football website.

”In regards to the league we still have a very good chance. Even in this match we had a good chance to win it.”

Zesco are fourth on the log with 46 points, just four points behind log leaders Zanaco who are on 50 points, but they have two games in hand while Zanaco have one.

The Confed Cup encounter will be staged at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville and is set to kick-off at 19:00 (CAT).



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