SuperSport United boss Stan Matthews wants fair officiating in Confederation Cup final against Mazembe

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

by 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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