Clayton Daniels of Supersport United clears ball from Ellesah Mensah JR of CF Mounana 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
Saturday Jul 08, 2017. 17:35
SuperSport United have advanced into the quarterfinals of the CAF Confederation Cup after defeating CF Mounana 4-1 at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.
Combined with TP Mazembe’s victory over Horoya AC in a concurrent match in Lubumbashi, United’s victory was enough to finish second in Group D and secure a place in the last eight.
SuperSport were on the front foot from the first whistle and had to wait only 14 minutes before they claimed the lead, with Thuso Phala and Aubrey Modiba combining to set up Bradley Grobler, who scored with a well-taken diving header.
On 27 minutes Grobler turned from scorer to provider, sending a great pass through to Thabo Mnyamane, who fired a low shot past goalkeeper Patrick Koss to make it 2-0.
United made it 3-0 in the 34th minute when Reneilwe Letsholonyane showed great skill and composure in the box to tee up Jeremy Brockie for a tap-in, and the New Zealander added another goal from the penalty spot just before half time to make it 4-0.
The game looked to be dead and buried but Mounana at least pulled a goal back 11 minutes into the second half, with Ellesah Mensah turning Clayton Daniels beautifully before beating Ronwen Williams.
The Gabonese threatened a few times to further reduce the deficit, as United totally lost their attacking rhythm in the second half and were unable to reassert the dominance they enjoyed in the opening 45 minutes.
Group D finished with TP Mazembe as winners on 12 points, while SuperSport were second with 10. Horoya came home in third on nine points, while Mounana finished last with zero points after suffering six straight losses.
United will face Group C winners Zesco United in the quarterfinals, while Mazembe will come up against either Recreativo Libolo or Smouha SC.