Thuso Phala of Supersport United challenged by Issama Mpeko of TP Mazembe during the Caf Confederation Cup match between Supersport United and TP Mazembe at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 20 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Saturday Nov 18, 2017. 14:00
SuperSport United winger Thuso Phala is looking forward to the club's 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final first leg clash in Lubumbashi on Sunday.
The 31-year-old stated that he relishes so called hostile atmospheres as Matsatsantsa go in search of a maiden continental crown.
SuperSport touched down in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday afternoon, ahead of their clash against the defending champions who they came up against in the group stages of the competition.
Phala revealed that instead of being intimidated by the big crowds, he and his teammates get excited by the prospect of playing in front of a packed stadium as this is not something they are accustomed to.
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“At SuperSport we don’t get the chance to play in front of such big crowds at home. We know it’s going to be packed when we go to Mazembe,” Phala is quoted as saying by KickOff.com.
“The atmosphere is something we never get in South Africa. It’s not hostile, it’s an experience of a lifetime. We were in Tunisia [against Club Africain] and I have never played in such a ground in my career.
"There were lazers, but we still won 3-1. It’s all in the mind. I would love to play in front of such crowds. This is something we look forward to because we want to play in front of big crowds. We look at it as a positive," he concluded.