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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

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


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

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 15:30


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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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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SuperSport United boss wants South Africa to unite against TP 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

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 12:30


Ahead of the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final, SuperSport United chairman Khulu Sibiya has urged the South African football fraternity to unite.

Sibiya was speaking just a day before their clash against the Democratic Republic of Congo side, TP Mazembe on Saturday night in Tshwane.

The first leg in Lubumbashi produced a 2-1 loss for Sibiya’s men, but they are banking on home ground advantage to seal their first continental crown.

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“South Africans must unite on Saturday. It is not about whether you support Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns,” said Sibiya to IOL.

“This is about the nation as a whole. I was very amazed by the Congolese people at the weekend. They came from different places to support Mazembe.

“Even people who live in South Africa were there to support Mazembe. These people are very hostile. They are hostile even in the VIP areas.

“I’ve never seen anything like that. The stadium had the capacity of 19 000 but they took 24 000 and most of them where standing.

“It is time that our people also understand that when the team is playing in Africa it is representing the whole nation.”

The return leg will be staged at the Lucas Moripe Stadium at 20:15 (CAT) and the club has urged fans to wear blue colours to gain free entry at the venue.



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SuperSport coach happy to have away goal in the bag


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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Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 12:00


SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler was happy to see his team at least claim an away goal in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final against TP Mazembe.

United went down 2-1 at Stade TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi on Sunday, but Sipho Mbule’s away goal gives them a great chance to turn the tie around when they host the return leg this coming weekend.

In fact, Tinkler believes the 2-1 defeat is a better result than a goalless draw because of the value of a goal on the road.

“We put up a good performance in the opening 20 minutes and could have at least gotten a goal in the first half,” Tinkler is quoted by CAF.

“However, I am not too saddened by the result. I would rather go home with a 2-1 loss than a 0-0 draw because we have a goal advantage. It will not be easy at home but a solid game plan should give us the desired result.”

Mazembe coach Phamphile Mihayo, however, believes his side is on course to claim the continental prize for the second successive time.

“We wanted to play well and win the game because we are home and needed to be offensive. Going to Pretoria will be difficult and they will pressurise us from the onset but we will have a plan that will give us the desired result,” he explained.

“They are a very good side which isn’t easily broken down but we will have a good game plan.”



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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 star Brockie relishes Mazembe clash


Willem Mwedihanga of Platinum Stars challenges Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United during 2017/18 Absa Premiership game between Supersport United and Platinum Stars at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 12 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Nov 19, 2017. 12:00


SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie is looking forward to facing DR Congo giants TP Mazembe.

South African side United will take on Mazembe in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup final first-leg clash in Lubumbashi on Sunday.

Brockie, who recently represented New Zealand in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, is enjoying life in Africa.

“When I joined SuperSport, one of my goals was to play in a CAF club competition,” he told CAFOnline.com.

The 30-year-old is the top goalscorer in this year’s Confederation Cup having scored 10 goals.

“I have wonderful memories from visiting countries in the east, west and north of Africa this year,” he added.

“SuperSport have performed brilliantly to reach the final and now we face a very good team in Mazembe.”

United and Mazembe were part of Confederation Cup Group D. The two sides drew 2-2 in Lubumbashi and 0-0 in Pretoria.



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TP Mazembe’s Moise Katumbi calls for a full house against SuperSport in Confed Cup final


TP Mazembe players celebrate after wining the Confederation of Africa Cup final against Mouloudia Olympique Bejaia of Algeria

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 17:00


Ahead of the highly anticipated CAF Confederation Cup final clash against SuperSport United, TP Mazembe boss Moise Katumbi Moise has urged fans to fill up the stadium on Sunday.

The Ravens chairman visited youngster Christ Kisangala who is nursing a knee injury in Belgium and urged the club’s faithful to support the reigning CAF Confed champions.

Mazembe will want to retain their trophy and ensure they use their home advantage in the first leg at Lubumbashi as Katumbi is calling for a general mobilisation.

Katumbi reckons that his troops deserve a full stadium for the final and has stressed the importance of a win at home.

“I know that TPM supporters are always able to mobilise to take their team to success,” said the boss to the club website.

“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 expect everyone to show a sacred union around the team to win..”

Meanwhile, Katumbi has urged the club’s die hard supporters to come out in numbers in both finals, including attending the final training session.

On the other hand, manager Kazembe Mihayo will hope to have his experienced Malian centre back, Salif Coulibaly, who is working to regain full fitness.



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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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Staff Reporter

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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SuperSport United’s Kaitano Tembo to play for Zimbabwe against Barcelona legends


Kaitano Tembo assistant coach of Supersport United

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 18:30


The Zimbabwean Football Association has released a squad of 33 legends that will play against the Barcelona Legends at the National Sports Stadium in an international exhibition match on Sunday.

Ex-players such as the 1980 Soccer Star of the Year, David Mandigora and Rahman Gumbo will be assistants to coach Sunday Chidzambwa.

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On the other hand, Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries leader Walter Magaya has been named as the chief liaison officer while Ernest Maphepha Sibanda will be the team manager.

Apart from the technical team, legends such as ex-Warriors captains in Peter Ndlovu and Benjani Mwaruwari, who both had lengthy spells in England, are part of the squad.

South African-based legend with SuperSport United, Kaitano Tembo and former goalkeepers Japhet Muparutsa and Muzondiwa Mugadza will also feature in the encounter.

Media reports indicate that the match is organised by ZIFA and the Sports Ministry, and is aimed at marketing Zimbabwe as a perfect tourist destination.

Meanwhile, the Blaugrana legends will bring former Brazil strikers Rivaldo and Ronaldinho as well as former Holland forward Patrick Kluivert.

Ex-Portugal midfielder in Deco and Spain’s Gazika Mandietta are also in the squad.



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SuperSport condemn Arrows to first defeat of the season – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 21:27


SuperSport United returned to winning ways with Aubrey Modiba leading their charge in a 3-0 win over Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership match at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Tuesday evening.

Modiba at the double for the hosts with Reneilwe Letsholonyane also getting his name on the score-sheet as Arrows suffered their first defeat of the league season.

The game got off to a rip-roaring start and after Jeremy Brockie chanced his luck from range in the opening minute, Thuso Phala forced Nkosingiphile Gumede into a good save at his near post.

Modiba also guided an early effort over the crossbar, but Arrows should’ve opened the scoring at the other end of the pitch in the eight minute.

Knox Mutizwa unable to convert a golden chance for the visitors following a defensive error.

The Zimbabwean forward was made to rue his miss as SuperSport turned on the style and duly opened the scoring in the 24th minute. Letsholonyane with the easiest of finishes following a good work by Brockie.

Matsatsantsa continued to probe and doubled their lead in the 44th minute through Modiba. The defender-come-midfielder prodding home from close range after Gumede spilled Bradley Grobler’s initial effort.

The hosts were threatening to run riot and made it three seven minutes after the interval, as Modiba hammered an unstoppable shot past Gumede from the edge of the area.

Grobler was unlucky not to add his name to the score sheet with his shot cannoning off the crossbar in the 82nd minute, but it mattered little as Eric Tinkler’s men claimed a commanding win.

SuperSport United (1) 3 (Letsholonyane 24′ Modiba 44′ 53′)

Golden Arrows (0) 0

SuperSport United: Williams; Nhlapo, Gould, Mashamaite, Boateng – Furman, Letsholonyane, Modiba (Mbule 90+2′), Phala – Grobler (Nkhatha 82′),Brockie (Myeni 87′)

Golden Arrows: Gumede, Nkombelo, Mzava, Mngwengwe, Dube – Bilankulu – Magubane (Shongwe 57′), Mahachi, Sibiya (Chideu 46′ [Lamola 74′]), Jooste – Mutizwa



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SuperSport return to league action – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 30, 2017. 09:14


SuperSport United will return to Absa Premiership action when they host Golden Arrows at Mbombela Stadium on 31 October 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

SuperSport were last in league action on September 19 when they were held 1-1 at home by Chippa United. The Tshwane side allowed a lead to slip against the Chilli Boys in a match which arrived in between the two legs of their CAF Confederation Cup tie against Zesco United.

United have since advanced into the final of the continental competition after defeating Tunisia’s Club Africain 4-2 on aggregate in the semifinals. SuperSport will be playing their fourth home league match this season, having recorded one win, one draw and one defeat from their three turns as hosts thus far.

Arrows remain unbeaten in the league this season, as a last-gasp goal from Thomas Chideu earned them a 2-2 draw at home to Polokwane City on October 21. The Durban side has now played to four successive draws and six overall this season.

Abafana Bes’thende have performed strongly away from home this term, picking up nine points from their five matches on the road. Coach Clinton Larsen, though, will want to see his side get back to winning form and continue their stay in the upper reaches of the table.

In head-to-head stats, SuperSport and Arrows have met in 32 league matches since 2000/01. Matsatsantsa have claimed 17 wins compared to nine for Abafana Bes’thende, while six matches have been drawn. The Tshwane side has recorded nine wins and suffered four defeats from 16 home matches in the rivalry.

Last season United took four points off of Arrows by playing to a 1-1 draw in Durban in the first half of the campaign before claiming a 5-2 victory in the return game. The teams’ 32 league meetings have produced 89 league goals down the years.

SuperSport’s line-up from their 1-1 draw with Chippa on September 19: Williams; Nhlapo, Gould, Mashamaite, Boateng, Mnyamane, Mbule, Furman, Myeni (Phala 51′), Brockie (Grobler 72′), Nkhatha (Letsholonyane 65′).

Arrows’ line-up from their 2-2 draw with Polokwane on October 21: Gumede, Dube, Nkombelo, Mngwengwe, Mzava, Magubane (Jappie 60′), Bilankulu, Shongwe (N.Cele 60′), Mahachi, Mutizwa, Lamola (Chideu 77′).



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SuperSport exit Telkom KO


Kabelo Mahlasela of Bloemfontein Celtic celebrates goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Cape Town City FC and Bloemfontein Celtic at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 17 October 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 21:39


Bloemfontein Celtic claimed a 5-4 penalty shootout win in the Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 as they beat Supersport United at Dr Molemela Stadium on Saturday evening.

Although the visitors netted through Aubrey Modiba and Jeremy Brockie, Celtic responded when Mbhazima Rikhotso and Jacky Motshegwa made it 2-2.

However, it was Siwelele who bagged a 5-4 win via penalties when Rikhotso, Ndumiso Mabena, Lucky Baloyi, Wandisile Letlabika and Patrick Tignyemb netted.

On the other hand, Thuso Phala, Dean Furman, Modiba and Brockie scored whilst Clayton Daniels and Fagrie Lakay failed to convert.

It was the hosts who had the advantage when it comes to ball possession and they attacked better than the hosts, but were not able to break downs Siwelele’s defence in the opening 15 minutes.

However, the 27th minute saw Sipho Jembula who dived and won a set piece after a foul by Dean Furman, but justice was served as goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse produced a fine save.

The Tshwane giants were able to break the deadlock in the 31st minute as Modiba beat Tignyemb as his effort went into the roof of the net.

With nine minutes to the interval, Lantshene Phalane went for a long-range strike, but he missed the target.

It was 1-0 at the interval.

Coach Eric Tinkler’s side came back with more purpose and Brockie made it 2-0 in 55th minute after a long ball from Dove Wome.

In the 65th minute, the hosts showed a sense of urgency as they pushed to break down United‘s defence and Motshegwa delivered a brilliant set piece, but Pieterse was equal to the task to parry the ball away for a corner.

Coach Veselin Jelusic’s men were wasteful in the box as they created chances in the final third, but they received a penalty after Teboho Mokoena was adjudged to have handled the ball, and Rikhotso netted from the spot for the hosts – making it 2-1 in the 77th minute.

The last eight minutes saw the Bloemfontein-based side attacking and delivered a brilliant cross for Motshegwa to beat Pieterse from close range to level the scores, 2-2.

The encounter went to extra time and Celtic were dealt a huge a blow as Roggert Nyundu received his second booking.

Both halves in the extra time couldn’t produce goals and the match had to be decided on penalties.

Bloemfontein Celtic: 5 (AET)

SuperSport United: 4

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Nyondo, Letsoalo, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Pfumbidzai, Baloyi, Letlabika, Jembula (Mabena 67′), Motshegwa, Phalane

SuperSport United: Pieterse, Brockie, Modiba, Nhlapo (Mbule 59′), Kekana, Daniels, Mashamaite, Wome, Myeni, Mokoena, Furman



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SuperSport chairman pays tribute to Eric Tinkler and players – 2017 CAF Champions League


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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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 15:00


SuperSport United chairman Khulu Sibiya has lavished praise on coach Eric Tinkler and his players after reaching the CAF Confederation Cup final.

Matsatsantsa booked a place in a continental final for the first time in their club history after overcoming Tunisia’s Club Africain 4-2 on aggregate.

The South African side will face up to DR Congo giants – and defending Confed Cup champions – TP Mazembe over two legs next month.

At a press conference held at OR Tambo International airport following the team’s arrival back in South Africa, Sibiya expressed his pride at their achievement.

“This to me is the single biggest moment, not only for the club but for the country as well, it’s just overwhelming,” said Sibiya.

“It is a milestone. It is something we will cherish for a long, long time. Stan [club CEO Matthews], you and I have been going down and up, down and up with this club… This is it!

“We have done an amazing job, and I want to congratulate Eric. Eric, you have come to this club and you have made things happen.

“It is very unusual for any new coach to come into a new club and just make things happen. You’re an amazing, amazing man.”

The United chairman also requested all of South Africa to support his team in their bid to win the continental title, much as they did for Mamelodi Sundowns in their CAF Champions League campaign last year.

“Please go spread the word that this victory and the upcoming final is not for SuperSport, but for the country,” he added.

“Tell everybody out there that we are bringing this trophy home, and we need your support. We must make that stadium blue.

“It must be a crowd that we’ve never seen supporting SuperSport before, so please spread the word and tell everyone that we mean business.”



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Jeremy Brockie close to SuperSport scoring record – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Philani Zulu of Kaizer Chiefs 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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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 13:20


New Zealand striker Jeremy Brockie is just four goals away from equalling Abram Raselemane’s scoring record for SuperSport United.

Brockie was on target for United in their 3-1 win over Club Africain in the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday night.

The 30-year-old’s goal was his 10th in the continental competition this year (he’s comfortably the leading scorer) and his 53rd in Matsatsantsa colours since signing with the club in January 2015.

SuperSport’s all-time scoring record stands at 57 goals and is held by the late Raselemane, who played for the club from 2001 to 2006.

Brockie will look to continue closing in on the club record when United face Bloemfontein Celtic in the first round of the Telkom Knockout this weekend.



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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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Grobler brace leads SuperSport to CAFCC final


Ghazi Ayadi of Club Africain tackles Bradley Grobler of Supersport United during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 22:23


SuperSport United booked their place in the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup showpiece following a 3-1 (4-2 on aggregate) win over Club Africain at the Stade Olympique de Radès on Sunday evening.

Following a 1-1 draw at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville earlier this month, Matsatsantsa played the perfect hand in Tunisia to seal their place in a continental final for the very first time.

Matsatsantsa will take on TP Mazembe in the final, with the defending champions having edged FUS Rabat over two legs.

Bradley Grobler got SuperSport off to the perfect start in Radès with Eric Tinkler’s troops hitting the front after only 16 minutes.

Thuso Phala with the inch perfect cross to tee up Grobler who made a late dart into the penalty area before directing a thunderous header into the top corner of the net.

Club Africain almost found the equalizer a minute later, but Morgan Gould cleared Nicholas Opoku’s attempt off the line.

The hosts would continue to probe with Ronwen Williams particularly impressive to keep out Ghazi Ayadi’s attempt in the 35th minute, but SuperSport held on to take a 1-0 lead into the break.

Matsatsantsa doubled their lead seven minutes following the interval. Teboho Mokoena slipping Jeremy Brockie through on goal, the New Zealand international making no mistake for his 10th CAFCC goal of the season.

Saber Khalifa cut the Tunisians deficit in half from the penalty spot in the 56th minute following a foul by Gould, but SuperSport would restore parity soon after.

Grobler completing his double after linking up with Phala once more in the 64th minute to put the result beyond any reasonable doubt.

Clayton Daniels had be alert to deny Club Africain another in added time, but it mattered little as SuperSport booked their place in the final.

Club Africain (0) 1 (Khalifa penalty 56′)

SuperSport United (1) 3 (Grobler 16′ 64′ Brockie 52′)

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′).



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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 UnitedWilliams; 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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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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Ronwen Williams the hero as SuperSport clinch MTN8 title – MTN8 2017


Supersport United winners of the 2017 MTN8 football match between Cape Town City and Supersport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 14 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 22:44


SuperSport United beat Cape Town City 4-2 on penalties to clinch the 2017 MTN8 title in a pulsating clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday evening.

Goals from Sibusiso Masina and Thabo Mnyamane ,in regulation time, forced the match into an extra 30 minutes, but with nothing to separate the two teams after two hours of football the game would be decided from the spot.

Ronwen Williams emerging as the hero, denying both Lyle Lakay and Judas Moseamedi as Matsatsantsa claimed a first top eight crown in 13 years.

SuperSport dominated the opening exchanges of the clash, but it would be the Citizens to open the scoring in the 23rd minute.

Man-of-the-match Ebrahim Seedat and Masina linking up well down the left flank with the later guiding a pin-point shot into the far corner of the net from an acute angel to give City the lead, 1-0.

In search of an immediate reply, SuperSport pushed forward and went close soon after through Bradley Grobler. Shu-Aib Walters’ blushes spared by Seedat who bailed his goalkeeper out with a fine block, after he had failed to gather the ball from a cross.

City 1-0 up at the break, following an electrifying half which went some distance in warming things up on a cold and windy night on South Africa’s East Coast.

Benni McCarthy’s troops conjured several chances to double their lead following the interval, with Lehlohonolo Majoro particularly guilty of missing a clear-cut chance on the hour mark.

Having failed to take their opportunities, the Citizens were duly punished as Mnyamane leveled matters in the 80th minute.

The second-half substitute running onto a perfect through ball by Bradley Grobler before firing a left-footed strike into the corner of the net.

But, his goal came at a cost as he was forced off with a groin injury soon after and with Eric TInkler having already made all three of his substitutes, SuperSport were forced to play the remainder of the game with 10-men.

As a result, Matsatsantsa changed their tactics and sat back for the 10 remaining minutes in regulation time and the ensuing half-hour of extra-time.

Moseamedi had a chance to win it for the Citizens in the 117th minute, but he failed to convert with time and space inside the penalty area. As a result, the game would be decided from the penalty spot.

SuperSport flawless – netting four from four – as Dove Wome hammered home to send the Matsatsantsa fans into delirium.

CapeTown City (1) 1 (Masina 23′)

SuperSport United (0) 1 (Mnyamane 80′)

SuperSport United won 4-2 on penalties.

Cape Town City: Walters; Seedat, Johannes, Fielies, Mkhize – Matsi (Moseamedi 90+1′), Modise (Putsche 66′), Nodada – Lakay, Masina, Majoro (Obinna 74′)

SuperSport United: Williams; Kekana, Gould, Daniels, Modiba (Myeni 79′) – Furman, Letsholonyane (Mnyamane 54′), Mokoena – Phala, Brockie (Wome 69′), Grobler



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City, SuperSport battle for the season’s first trophy – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Lehlohonolo Majoro of Cape Town City challenged by Morgan Gould of Supersport United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Supersport United and Cape Town City at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, South Africa on 09 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Scent ition

Thursday Oct 12, 2017. 13:30


Cape Town City and SuperSport United will battle for the first trophy on offer in the 2017/18 season when they meet in the MTN8 final. The match is set for 14 October 2017 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, kick-off at 19h00.

City earned their place in the final thanks to 1-0 and 3-1 (aggregate) victories over Polokwane City and outgoing MTN8 champions Bidvest Wits in the quarter- and semifinals respectively. The Capetonians were much the better side in both cup ties and coach Benni McCarthy will be most pleased with how his charges have acquitted themselves.

The Citizens will be appearing in their first MTN8 final, though it is by no means their first appearance in a trophy decider: last year they picked up their first piece of silverware by triumphing in the Telkom Knockout – at the expense of the very same SuperSport United they are facing in the MTN8.

SuperSport’s path to this final saw them defeat Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in the quarterfinals, before a 3-1 aggregate victory over Maritzburg United. Coach Eric Tinkler – who took City to their TKO glory last year – has enjoyed immediate success in Tshwane and will be aiming to consolidate that with victory over his former team.

Matsatsantsa have won the MTN8/Top Eight Cup once – 2004 – and this will be their fifth appearance in the final. Their last appearance in the MTN8 final was a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Moroka Swallows in 2012, while they also runners-up in 2005 and 2006.

In head-to-head terms, City and United have met in just one previous cup match: last year’s Telkom KO final. The Cape side claimed a 2-1 win at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane thanks to goals from Aubrey Ngoma and Judas Moseamedi.

The teams have also crossed swords in two league matches, both of which took place in 2016/17. City’s home game in the ‘Mother City’ ended in a 1-1 draw, while the return game in Tshwane was won 4-2 by Matsatsantsa thanks to strikes from Thabo Mnyamane, Clayton Daniels, Jeremie Brockie and Thuso Phala.



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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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Tinkler proud of CCC semifinalists SuperSport United


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Sep 26, 2017. 12:00


SuperSport United head coach Eric Tinkler is pleased to have guided his team to the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup semifinals.

Two goals by Thuso Phala helped the South African side hold Zambian side Zesco to a 2-2 draw in the quarterfinal second-leg clash at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Saturday.

As a result, SuperSport qualified for the last four on the away goals rule after the tie ended in a 2-2 stalemate on aggregate with John Ching’Andu and David Owino having netted for Zesco.

“I’m very proud of the boys‚” Tinkler told The Sowetan.

“They fought hard and showed great character and getting that late winner was extremely satisfiying.

“It was a nerve-wracking finish and in the latter stages the referee wasn’t doing anything to help us and they were looking to waste time,” he continued.

“That is what made it so gratifying to win in the way we did. The boys just kept going. We need to go there‚ I had said before it would be a fight and it was.

“And the boys fought the whole way.”

SuperSport will now take on Tunisian outfit Club Africain in the two-legged semifinals between September and October, 2017.



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Chilli Boys hold SuperSport to 1-1 draw


Morgan Gould and Dean Furman of Supersport United challenges Moeketsi Sekola 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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Bertin Basson

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 21:57


SuperSport United squandered an opportunity to move into second spot on the Absa Premiership standings as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Chippa United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Tuesday evening.

Matsatsantsa unconvincing throughout, as the Chilli Boys claimed a point in the South African capital.

Siyabonga Nhlapo opened the scoring for the hosts before Moeketsi Sekola’s equalizer just short of the interval.

The hosts, fielding a changed line-up with one eye on their second-leg CAF Confederations Cup clash in Zambia this coming weekend, dominated the early exchanges with Kingston Nkhatha and Morgan Gould guiding their respective efforts wide of goal.

The opener would come in the 28th minute as Nhlapo hammered home on the volley for his first in SuperSport blue. The fullback quickest to react after Chippa failed to clear a long throw-in by Gould.

Chippa duly pulled level on the cusp of half-time. Matsatsantsa guilty of switching off at the back as Sekola hammered home via a wicked deflection off Dean Furman, 1-1 at the break.

Chances were few and far between in the second stanza, with neither side showcasing any real urgency. Bradley Grobler’s powerful effort in the 77th minute the only notable highlight as the two teams shared the spoils.

The result moves SuperSport up to 5th while Chippa climb into 10th spot on the log standings.

SuperSport United (1) 1 (Nhlapo 28′)

Chippa United (0) 1 (Sekola 45′)

SuperSport United: Williams; Nhlapo, Gould, Mashamaite, Boateng – Mnyamane, Mbule, Furman, Myeni (Phala 51′) – Brockie (Grobler 72′), Nkhatha (Letsholonyane 65′)

Chippa United: Akpeyi; Macheke, Okwusa, Konqobe, Maphanga – Mvelase (Mbokoma 71′), Zuke, Mabaso (Mdlinzo 55′), Mako – Lentjies (Masuku 81′) – Sekola



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