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Baroka fight back to deny Stars – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Nov 26, 2017. 17:57


Platinum Stars were twice pegged back by Baroka FC as the teams played to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining Absa Premiership match at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday.

Bakgaga continue to lead the top flight despite not having won a game since late September, while Dikwena move back to 15th place on goal difference and have at least put together a five-match unbeaten run.

Stars created the first half chance of the match inside the opening 10 minutes, but striker Bongi Ntuli only succeeded in hitting the side netting with an effort from a tight angle.

The teams then cancelled each other out for most of the first half, with few scoring opportunities created at either end.

However, on 35 minutes the visitors put together a fine passing move which saw Robert Ng’ambi tee up Katlego Otladisa, who showed great composure to pick his spot and stroke home a low shot to make it 1-0 to Stars.

Otladisa’s first goal in PSL football left Dikwena one up at the half-time break, but they still opted for a tactical change at the start of the second as Enocent Mkhabela replaced Raymond Monama in midfield.

Yet it was Baroka’s first substitute, Mpho Kgaswane, who made a major impact on the game, as he struck home a superb shot from outside the box on 58 minutes to draw the hosts level at 1-1.

Stars almost reclaimed the lead in the 74th minute when Ntuli beat Virgil Vries to a long ball over the top and got around the goalkeeper, but with defenders retreating to pressure him the striker wasn’t able to capitalise.

The match looked set to end 1-1, but two late goals added some further drama. First, on 87 minutes, Ng’ambi scrambled the ball home from close range after Vries couldn’t handle a cross from the right flank, but this was immediately cancelled out by a sublime volley from Robin Ngalande to leave the game locked at 2-2.

The teams will be back in league action next midweek, with Baroka away to Mamelodi Sundowns on December 5, while Stars will take on hosts Polokwane City the following day.

Baroka FC (0) 2 (Kgaswane 58’, Ngalande 89’)

Platinum Stars (1) 2 (Otladisa 35’, Ng’ambi 87’)

Baroka: Vries, Shaku, Masenamela, Chawapihwa (Macha 66’), Banda,Moeti (Kgaswane 55’), Kgoetyane, Ntshangase (Mosele 84’), Madubanya, Mdantsane, Ngalande

Stars: Visser, Mnguni, Mwedihanga, Zulu, Sithole, Msomi, Masalesa, Ng’ambi, Monama (Mkhabela 46’), Otladisa (De Jongh 90’), Ntuli



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AmaZulu fight back to hold Baroka – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Both Letladi Madubanya of Baroka FC and Mhlengi Cele of AmaZulu FC could not get to the ball during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between AmaZulu FC and Baroka FC at King Goodwill Zwelentini Stadium, Durban on 01 November 2017 ©Gerald Duraan/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 21:52


Baroka FC held AmaZulu FC to a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday night.

As a result, Usuthu remain ninth on the league standings, on the league table, while Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele remain at the top of the log.

AmaZulu goalkeeper Boalefa Pule and his Baroka counterpart Virgil Vries were not seriously tested in the opening exchanges.

But Pule had to be alert in the 21st minute as Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele looked to break the deadlock.

The former South Africa youth international made a good save to deny Baroka attacker Sipho Moeti.

However, Pule was beaten in the 29th minute after the visitors were awarded a penalty which was converted by Gift Motupa.

Usuthu then pressed Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele and they deservedly equalized three minutes later.

Rhulani Manzini hit the back of the net with wonderful overhead kick to make it 1-1 with Vries well beaten.

Baroka then contained AmaZulu in the remaining minutes of the first-half and the score was 1-1 at the interval.

AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson made the first change of the game at the beginning of the second-half.

Siyethemba Mnguni replaced Boysen Mbatha as the home side looked to take the lead for the first time on the night.

But visitors’ defence stood firm with Usuthu struggling to create good goal scoring opportunites.

Mzwanele Mahashe, a defender by trade, was introduced by Bakgaga in the closing stages of the match as the visitors looked settle for a draw.

Baroka were able to defend very well in the latter stages of the match and ultimately, the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

AmaZulu (1) 1 (Manzini 33′)

Baroka (1) 1 (Motupa 29′)

AmaZulu: Pule, Gumede M, Mtsweni, Gumede P, Sikhakhane, Darpoh, Ncube, Mbatha B (Mnguni 46′), Ncobeni, Cele, Manzini (Khenyeza 68′).

Baroka: Vries, Shaku, Matloga (Mahashe 77′), Chawapiwa (Ngalande 63′), Banda, Moeti, Kgoetyane, Mothupa, Madubanya, Mdantsane, Motupa (Nguzana 83′).



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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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Golden Arrows fight back to hold Polokwane City – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City clears ball from Jabulani Shongwe of Golden Arrows during the 2017/18 Absa Premiership football match between Golden Arrows and Polokwane City at Princess Magogo Stadium, Durban on 21 October 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 17:44


Golden Arrows and Polokwane City drew 2-2 in an Absa Premiership match at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

As a result, Arrows remain second on the league table, while Polokwane climb up to 10th on the standings.

It took only eight minutes for Rodney Ramagalela to make it 1-0 to Polokwane after reacting to Jabulani Maluleke’s free-kick.

This was the hard-working forward’s sixth goal of the season which sees him placed at the top of the Absa Premiership scoring charts.

But the lead only lasted for three minutes as Zimbabwean striker Knox Mutizwa restored parity with a decent finish in the 13th minute.

Arrows, who were the home side, then dominated possession as they looked to take the lead for the first time on the day.

However, Chigova and his defence were able to contain the Polokwane attack which was led by Ramagalela.

The score was 1-1 during the half-time break following a first-half which was slightly dominated by Arrows.

The two sides created chances in the first 15 minutes of the second-half, but they could not hit the back of the net.

However, Sammy Seabi made it 2-1 to Polokwane with Ramagalela grabbing an assist in the 70th minute.

Arrows then piled pressure on the Polokwane defence and Thomas Chideu was intoduced by coach Clinton Larsen.

The striker snatched a late equalizing goal in stoppage time and the encounter ended in a 2-2 stalemate.

Arrows (1) 2 (Mutizwa 11′, Chideu 90+3′)

Polokwane (1) 2 (Ramagalela 8′, Seabi 70′)

Arrows: Gumede, Dube, Nkombelo, Mngwengwe, Mzava, Magubane (Jappie 60′), Bilankulu, Shongwe (N.Cele 60′), Mahachi, Mutizwa, Lamola.

Polokwane: Chigova, Ravhuhali, Semenya, Mbonani, Maponyane, Seabi, Maluleke, Phiri (Tlolane 68′), Ramagalela, Musona (Mngomezulu 64′), Ndou (Vilakazi 89′).



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Arrows fight back to claim 1-1 draw in Polokwane – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Wayde Jooste of Golden Arrows challenged by Sipho Moeti of Baroka during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Baroka FC and Golden Arrows at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa on 17 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 21:33


Golden Arrows fought back from a goal down to claim a 1-1 draw away to Absa Premiership leaders Baroka FC at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The result means both Bakgaga and Abafana Bes’thende retain their unbeaten records in the league this season, with the teams in first and second place on the log respectively.

The teams traded early half-chances before Baroka claimed the lead in the 15th minute: Gift Motupa pressured goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede into a mistake on the edge of his own box and midfielder Sipho Moeti latched onto the loose ball to score with a first-time strike into the unguarded net.

Midway through the first half Gumede nearly cost his team another goal, with the gloves-man lucky that his indecisiveness wasn’t punished by Bakgaga, while just past the half hour mark Arrows needed Limbikani Mzava to clear an effort off his own goal line.

The final minutes of the first half saw Abafana Bes’thende throw numbers forward in search of an equaliser, but Baroka held firm to ensure they went into the break with their 1-0 lead intact.

After the interval, Arrows continued where they left off in the first half and created a couple of good chances for Kuda Mahachi, who first blazed a shot just wide in the 48th minute, and in the 50th he was denied by a sharp save from Virgil Vries.

On the hour mark, following an Arrows double substitution which saw the introduction of Jabulani Shongwe and Yusuf Jappie, the visitors carved out an opening for striker Lerato Lamola, who struck his shot just wide of the target.

A couple of minutes later Gumede redeemed himself with a fine save to palm away a goal-bound header from Shaku Olaleng and keep his side in the contest, while Siphelele Magubane soon headed wide at the other end.

Abafana Bes’thende even had an indirect free kick inside Baroka’s box after Vries handled a back-pass, but Jappie struck his effort from the set-piece wide of goal to once again let the home side’s defence off the hook.

However, Arrows’ equaliser finally arrived in the 75th minute: Shongwe provided a fine pass to give Magubane a sight of goal and the attacker finished with a low, left-footed shot into the bottom corner to make it 1-1.

Baroka will feel they should have won the game when they had the final clear chance in the 85th minute, but substitute Lucky Nguzana was superbly denied by Gumede, who made a one-handed save to ensure the game finished all square.

Baroka FC (1) 1 (Moeti 15’)

Golden Arrows (0) 1 (Magubane 75’)

Baroka: Vries, Mothupa, Shaku, Mdatsane, Masenamela, Banda, Madubanya, Moeti (Kgaswane 68’), Matloga (Sidumo 82’), Motupa, Macha (Nguzana 60’)

Arrows: Gumede, Dube, Mzava, Mngwengwe, Nkombelo, Bilankulu (Shongwe 58’), Cele, Magubane, Mahachi (Mutizwa 71’) , Jooste (Jappie 58’), Lamola



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Guinea fight back to hold Costa Rica – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup


Ibrahima Sory Soumah of Guinea

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017. 15:51


Guinea and Costa Rica drew 2-2 in the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup Group C match at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao, India on Tuesday.

The drew sees the Junior Elephants of Guinea remain fourth on the group standings, while Costa Rica’s Junior Selection also remain third on the table.

The Junior Elephants started the match well, but it was the Junior Selection, who broke the deadlock.

Yecxy Jarquín scored with a tap in to make it 1-0 to Costa Rica in the 26th minute with the Guinea defence exposed.

However, the Junior Elephants then pressed the North American side and they managed to equalize.

Fandje Toure fired home his second goal of the tournament from close range in the 30th minute – making it 1-1 for Guinea.

Ibrahima Soumah thought he had given Guinea the lead just before half-time, but his goal was disallowed.

The score was 1-1 between Guinea and Costa Rica following an entertaining first-half.

Souleymane Camara, the Guinea coach, introduced Djibril Sylla 11 minutes after the restart.

However, it was the Junior Selection, who scored the next goal seven minutes after the hour-mark.

Andreas Gomez fired past Guinea shot-stopper Mohamed Camara to make it 2-1 to Costa Rica.

The Junior Elephants continued to attack and they managed to level matters again with nine minutes left.

Soumah scored with a decent finish with Costa Rica keeper Ricardo Montenegro well beaten to make it 2-2 for Guinea.

Guinea were the better side in the closing stages of the match, but they could not score and ultimately, the two sides drew 2-2 on the day.

Guinea (1) 2 (F.Toure 30′, I.Soumah 81′)

Costa Rica (1) 2 (Jarquín 21′, Gomez 67′)

Guinea:M. Camara, S. Conte, I. Soumah, I. Camara (S.Bangoura 75′), I. Traore, S. Camara, A. Camara, E. Bah (D.Sylla 56′), F.Toure, S. Cisse, N. Bangoura (F.Soumah 72′).

Costa Rica: Montenegro, Arce, Cortés, Román, Faerrón, Alfaro (Abarco 77′), Arias, Bustamante (Chacon 46′), Jarquín, Castro, Gómez (Cordero 71′).



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Against Cape Verde we’ll be ready for a fight – Senegal coach – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Aliou Cisse, coach of Senegal

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Oct 05, 2017. 17:00


Senegal must be ready for a fight when they take on Cape Verde in a 2018 World Cup qualifier this weekend, according to coach Aliou Cisse.

The Teranga Lions are placed third in Group D but have their fate very much in their own hands: if they win all three of their remaining games (including the re-match against South Africa after their away loss in November last year was annulled) then they will top the group and qualify for Russia 2018.

Much of the attention has fallen on the back-to-back games against SA coming up next month which will be key to Senegal’s fate, but coach Cisse knows that the immediate task of beating the Blue Sharks in their own back yard will not be easy.

“Before we talk about the match against South Africa, for which we will have time to think, I believe that there is first the stage of Praia that must be negotiated with the team Cape Verde . Today, our energy, our thought, our knowledge, we must put them for this match,” Cisse is quoted by APS.

“They (the Cape Verdeans) have every chance like us, like Burkina Faso and South Africa, to be able to go to Russia,” he said, adding that “it will be necessary to whip, to fight”.

“I see players ready to go to the fight and to realise this feat which is to go a second time to the World Cup,” concluded Cisse, who was a part of the famous class of 2002 which debuted at the global tournament.

The Cape Verde v Senegal match will be held at the National Stadium in Praia on Saturday evening, kick-off at 19h30 CAT.



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Ten-man stars fight back for a point against Wits – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Katlego Mokhuoane of Free State Stars

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Brian Lee

Wednesday Aug 23, 2017. 21:53


A ten-man Free State Stars scored in the final minute of the game to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw against Bidvest Wits in an Absa Premiership match at Goble Park on Wednesday night.

The draw sees both sides still without a win in the league after Wits lost their opening game to Cape Town City and Stars lost theirs to AmaZulu.

The defending league champions started well and scored the game’s first goal in the ninth minute when a cross-cum-shot from Kombamelo Kodisang on the right was turned into his own net by goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare, 1-0.

The Ea Lla Koto managed to fight back and levelled matter just after the half hour when Katlego Mokhuoane clinically turned the ball into the back of the net from ten-yards out after meeting a low cross from the left, 1-1.

Wits controlled the remainder of the half but failed to re-take the lead before the break.

The start of the second half produced very little in terms of decent goalmouth action.

The first real chance came in the 60th minute when Eleazar Rodgers met a corner-kick from Daylon Classen, but the Wits striker saw his header brilliantly saved.

Ten minutes later Free State received a massive blow when Thamsanqa Teyise received his second yellow card and was given his marching orders.

Wits made their one man advantage tell and took the lead in the 82nd minute when Reeve Frosler drove into the box, beating four defenders on his way, before calmly slotting home from 14-yards out, 2-1.

Reeve Frosler went from hero to zero seven minutes later when he brought Sibusiso Hlubi down inside the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Siphelele Mthembu stepped up for Free State and duly levelled matters to rescue a point for his side, 2-2.

The point for both sides was their first of the league season.

Free State Stars (1) 2 (Mokhuoane 34’, Mthembu 89’ pen)

Bidvest Wits (1) 2 (Kodisang 9’, Frosler 82’)

Teams

Free State Stars: Sangare; Makhaula (Ndlovu 56’), Teyise, Mahamutsa, Jantjie (Maphakisa 87’), Masehe, Mokhouane, Mashego, Hlubi, Nono (Vilakazi 73’), Mthembu.

Bidvest Wits: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Khumalo, Monare, Rodgers (Keene 79’), Hlanti, Claasen, Mhango, Kodisang, Frosler, Ntshangase (Pienaar 62’).



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Senegal fight back for draw against Sierra Leone


Ibrahima Niane of Senegal

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Brian Lee

Saturday Jul 15, 2017. 21:04


Sierra Leone and Senegal played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their 2018 African Nations Championship at the National Stadium in Freetown on Saturday.

Sierra Leone scored first in the match, but could not hold onto the lead as Senegal equalised late in the game, scoring a vital away goal ahead of the second leg.

The two sides will meet again next week in Senegal for the second leg where the winner on aggregate will face either Guinea-Bissau or Guinea in the final round of the qualifying campaign.

Guinea have the advantage in that match having beat Guinea-Bissau 3-1 earlier on Saturday.

The Leone Stars have never participated in the CHAN finals and the West African side will be looking to qualify for the finals in Kenya next year.

Senegal qualified for the first two CHAN finals (in 2009 and 2011). Their best finish was when they were beaten in the third-place playoff match in 2009.



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Zamalek’s Salah – We will fight for the last eight


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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 11:00


If Zamalek can defeat Al Ahli Tripoli and move into the last eight of the CAF Champions League, it will go a long way in appeasing their frustrated fans, according to vice-captain Ibrahim Salah.

The White Knights’ supporters have grown increasingly disenchanted with the team, who must win their home clash against Tripoli to have any chance of advancing into the quarterfinals of the continental competition.

Zamalek lost the Champions League final to Mamelodi Sundowns last year, missing out on a chance to claim a sixth African crown and their first since 2002, while on the domestic front they have had to watch as Al Ahly have won the Egyptian Premier League title yet again.

“The game is an opportunity to reconcile with the fans, especially since we will fight to qualify for the last eight,” Salah told a pre-match press conference, as quoted by KingFut.

“The players are aware of the amount of responsibility on them in the current period. They will play for the win.

“The older players have a big role in supporting the younger ones before the game,” the midfielder concluded.

Zamalek will host the Libyans for their final group stage clash at the Borg El Arab Stadium on Sunday night, kick-off at 21h00 CAT.



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Already eliminated Coton Sport fight for pride in Garoua


epa05543424 Zamalek’s Bassem Mrsi (R) in action against Wydad Casablanca player Ayoub Qasmi (L) during the African Champions League (CAF) Semi Final first leg soccer match between Zamalekand Wydad Casablanca at Borg Al Arab stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, 16 September 2016. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

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Bertin Basson

Friday Jun 30, 2017. 11:30


Coton Sport will be eager to give their fans something to smile about when they welcome Wydad Casablanca to the Roumdé Adjia Stadium in Garoua on Saturday.

Already out of the running for the 2017 CAF Champions League title, the Cameroon giants will seek some redemption this weekend.

Kick-off is at 17h00 CAT.

Les Cotonniers have suffered four successive defeats in Group D, including two home losses and a 2-0 defeat away to Wydad in Casablanca, in the reverse fixture.

Al Ahly and Zanaco have both beaten Coton Sport in Cameroon in this season’s competition, with the Zambians having netted a stoppage time winner to steal all three points.

In contrast, 1992 champions Wydad returned to winning ways with an impressive 2-0 win over the White Knights last time out. Fabrice Ondama and Walid El Karti on target for the ‘Kings of Titles’.

Victory re-igniting the Moroccan league champions chances of reaching the knockout stages following two successive defeats.

Kenyan referee Davies Omweno will take charge of the clash.

Al Ahly and Zanaco cross swords at the same time in Lusaka with the Zambians eager to keep hold of top spot.



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SuperSport United fight back to hold Horoya


Aubrey Modiba of Supersport United is challenged by Alseny Camara of Horoya FC during the CAF Confederation Cup match between Supersport United and Horoya on 12 May 2017 at Lucas Moripe Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday May 12, 2017. 21:51


South African side SuperSport United drew 2-2 with Guinean club Horoya AC in a CAF Confederation Cup Group D match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Friday night.

The home side nearly took the lead just eight minutes into the match when Aubrey Modiba played a good free-kick into the Horoya box, but Germain Berthe came out to punch the ball away.

Nicknamed HAC, Horoya looked dangerous every time they pushed forward in search of the opening goal, on a chilly Friday night in the capital city of South Africa, Pretoria.

The visitors did break the deadlock through Jean Dipita Ebele. The Cameroonian striker beat SuperSport shot-stopper Boafela Pule to make it 1-0 to Horoya in the 33rd minute.

However, the lead only lasted for five minutes as SuperSport, who are affectionately called Matsatsantsa by their passionate supporters, were awarded a free-kick in a promising area.

Keegan Ritchie then stepped up and hit the back of the net with a well-taken set-piece to make it 1-1 for SuperSport with Horoya’s goal-minder Berthe well beaten seven minutes before half-time.

The score was 1-1 during the half-time between SuperSport and Horoya following an action-packed first-half in the opening match of Group D.

It took only six minutes for HAC to restore their lead in the second-half as the Matsatsantsa defence was caught napping and Seyei Baffour beat Pule to make it 2-1 to Horoya.

Matsatsantsa tried to press HAC as they looked to level matters, but the visitors’ defence looked solid. SuperSport coach Stuart Baxter then introduced Jeremy Brockie in the 73rd minute.

The New Zealand international is the current Confederation Cup top goalscorer. Brockie hit the back of the hit five times in the qualifying rounds to help his side reach the group stage.

However, it was his teammate Thuso Phala, who levelled matters for the home side in the 82nd minute. The speedy winger scored with a decent finish to make it 2-2.

SuperSport pushed for the winning goal in the closing stages of the encounter, but Horoya held on for a valuable away point as the match ended in a 2-2 stalemate on the night.



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