Grobler brace leads SuperSport to CAFCC final

Grobler brace leads SuperSport to CAFCC final
Ghazi Ayadi of Club Africain tackles Bradley Grobler of Supersport United during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup

by 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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