Thuso Phala of Supersport United challenged by Karl Mboudou of CF Mounana during the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup match between CF Mounana and Supersport United at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 23 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Saturday Jul 08, 2017. 00:08
SuperSport United must defeat CF Mounana in their final Group D clash on Saturday if they are to reach the quarterfinals of the CAF Confederation Cup.
The Matchday 6 encounter is set for the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Tshwane, kick-off at 15h30 CAT.
SuperSport are unbeaten in their Confed Cup pool, but four of their five matches have ended in draws, including a goalless stalemate away to Guinea’s Horoya AC last weekend.
This leaves Matsatsantsa third on the standings with seven points, two adrift of co-leaders TP Mazembe and Horoya, who will play each other in Lubumbashi in the other Group D game on Saturday.
For SuperSport to qualify for the quarterfinals, they must defeat Mounana (who have lost all five matches so far) and hope that there is a winner in the other match in DR Congo. This would see them advance alongside the winners of the other match.
However, in the possible scenario of a United win combined with a draw in the Mazembe-Horoya match, all three teams will be tied on 10 points and the qualifiers will be determine by a mini-log of results between the trio.
In this case, United will progress if the game in DRC ends in a low scoring draw (0-0 or 1-1), while any score draw of 2-2 or higher will see them eliminated on goals scored.
Matsatsantsa will welcome back New Zealand defender Michael Boxall following his participation in the Confederations Cup in Russia. The club had hoped to give him a rest period, but with Morgan Gould suspended they will call on the Kiwi.
United defeated Mounana 5-3 in Libreville in the teams’ first Group D meeting back in May, with Thabo Mnyamane and Jeremy Brockie both scoring braces.
Somalian referee Hassan Mohamed Hagi will officiate the match in Tshwane on Saturday afternoon.