Urban Warriors suffer narrow defeat to SuperSport – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Aubrey Modiba of Supersport United celebrates goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Supersport United and Ajax Cape Town at Mbombela Stadium, Mpumalanga South Africa on 29 November 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 22:08

SuperSport United held on to beat Ajax Cape Town 1-0 in an Absa Premiership clash at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Wednesday evening.

It was a game of two halves, with the Urban Warriors a different unit following a first half dominated by Matsatsantsa. Stanley Menzo’s troops, though, failed to turn dominance into goals as they slumped to defeat in the Mpumalanga province.

Following a rather cagey opening to the encounter, Matsatsantsa hit the front through Aubrey Modiba in the 25th minute.

Richard Kissi Boateng the provider with the fullback’s curling cross expertly met by Modiba who lost his marker before nodding home from close range – Jody February with no chance.

The Urban Warriors shot-stopper was called into action to keep out Fagrie Lakay’s long range shot soon after, before getting down well to deny former Ajax Cape Town striker Bradley Grobler.

The forward’s rasping effort from the edge of the area looked destined for the back of the net, but February was up to the task.

Matsatsantsa 1-0 up at the interval and deservedly so.

The Urban Warriors came out firing following the break and were unlucky not to draw level in the 56th minute through Mosa Lebusa.

The Ajax Cape Town captain took it upon himself to lead his chargers in attack, but Reyaad Pieterse denied the fullback from close range.

Tashreeq Morris then saw his powerful effort saved by the SuperSport goal-minder as the Urban Warriors looked sure to get something out of the clash.

But, despite an improved showing in the second stanza, the visitors were unable to conjure a goal as SuperSport held on for all three points. Victory moves the hosts up to 10th spot – Ajax Cape Town remain in 14th place on the log standings.

SuperSport United (1) 1 (Modiba 25′)

Ajax Cape Town (0) 0

SuperSport United: Pieterse; Kekana, Gould, Egwuekwe, Boateng – Furman, Letsholonyane (Mashamaite 90+1′), Modiba – Lakay (Mbule 60′), Phala, Grobler (Brockie 79′).

Ajax Cape Town: February; Lebusa, Booysen, Nhlapo, Evans (Sasman 71′) – Pietersen, Margeman, Mzwakali (Losper 85′) – Mosadi, Phohlongo (George 41′), Morris.

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MC Alger claim narrow advantage

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

Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 17, 2017. 00:00

MC Alger narrowly defeated Club Africain on Saturday night to hold the advantage in their CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal tie.

The Algerian hosts won 1-0 in the teams’ first-leg clash at the Stade du 5 Juillet in Algiers on Saturday night.

Tunisian side CA will have to rely on home advantage in the return game next weekend if they are to keep up their hopes of advancing in Africa’s second tier continental competition.

MCA struck the game’s decisive goal in the 10th minute through striker Hichem Nekkache and they held firm in defence to ensure they have a strong foothold in the tie.

The return match will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Rades next Sunday evening. The aggregate winners will meet either SuperSport United or Zesco United in the semifinals.

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Late goal hands CAR narrow win over Rwanda

Brian Lee

Sunday Jun 11, 2017. 18:23

A late second half goal from Salif Keita handed Central Africa Republic a 2-1 win over Rwanda in a CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Group H qualifier at the Stade Barthelemy Boganda in Bangui on Sunday.

The win sees CAR’s Afcon 2019 qualifying campaign off to a positive start with one win from as many matches as they occupy second spot in Group H with three points.

Guinea top the group, also with three points, after beating Cote d’Ivoire 3-2 on Saturday.

Rwanda are third in the group with zero points, followed by Cote d’Ivoire also on zero points but with an inferior goal difference.

At the at the Stade Barthelemy Boganda on Sunday the home side controlled the majority of possession in the opening half, but their decision making in the final third was poor which resulted in very few chances in front of goal.

Rwanda, on the other hand, saw very little of the ball in the first stanza and spent most of the half defending which saw the game enter the break locked at 0-0.

Three minutes into the second half, however, the deadlock was broken when Junior Gourrier found the back of the net for CAR, 1-0.

Rwanda tried to get back into the game after that, but they lacked attacking prowess and squandered good scoring opportunities.

Still, Rwanda pressed forward and manged to find an equaliser in the first minute of injury time courtesy of a strike from Ernest Sugira, 1-1.

The game looked to be heading for a draw, but Salif Keita had other ideas – scoring the winner for CAR in the 93rd minute, 2-1.

The next Afcon 2019 qualifiers are only in March 2018 when Rwanda will host Cote d’Ivoire while CAR will head to Guinea.

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