Adama Traore of TP Mazembe
Sunday Nov 19, 2017. 18:10
TP Mazembe beat SuperSport United 2-1 in a 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final first leg clash, at Stade TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi on Sunday afternoon.
The Ravens with a slender advantage heading into the reverse fixture at the Lucas Moripe Stadium next Saturday, with Sipho Mbule grabbing a crucial away goal for the South Africans.
SuperSport head coach Eric Tinkler had expressed his desire for his team to bag an away goal in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Matsatsantsa should've opened the scoring as early as the 12th minute, but Bradley Grobler failed to hit the target with the goal at his mercy.
Matsatsantsa were all over their hosts with Ley Matampi called into action to deny Thuso Phala, Dove Wome and Siyabonga Nhlapo in quick succession thereafter.
The defending champions, though, proved their worth and duly came up with a sucker punch through Adama Traore in the 18th minute.
Ushindi Kubanza had hit the crossbar moments before the Mali international's goal in what was a frantic start to the game. Traore's left-footed shot whistled past Ronwen Williams, with the SuperSport goal-minder found wanting as the ball flew right over his head.
Following what was an exciting opening half-hour, proceedings calmed down quite drastically, but SuperSport would end the stanza on a high. Grobler, though, was unable to convert from close range on two occasions with Mazembe carrying a 1-0 lead into the tunnel at the break.
Matsatsantsa leveled matters in the 47th minute through Mbule who's rocket from range flew past Ley Matampi in the Mazembe goal. The SuperSport teenager with a memorable strike to silence the Ravens faithful, knowing the importance of an away goal.
Mazembe, though, would claim victory with Daniel Nii Adjei restoring their lead in the 67th minute of the match. His shot from the edge of the area having the beating of Williams, with the goalkeeper unable to contend with the bounce off the artificial pitch.
The hosts bossed the closing stages of the encounter, but failed to add to their scoreline as focus now turns to the second leg in South Africa.
The reverse fixture will take place at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville next Saturday, 25 November.
TP Mazembe (1) 2 (Traore 18' Adjei 67')
SuperSport United (0) 1 (Mbule 47')
TP Mazembe: Matampi; Mpeko, Kimwaki, Kabaso, Kasusula, Sinkala, Adjei (Mputu 82'), Kalaba (Meschack 58'), Kubanza (Asante 61'), Malango, A.Traore.
SuperSport United: Williams; Nhlapo, Daniels, Mashamaite, Modiba, Furman, Mbule, Phala, Wome (Kekana 81'), Brockie (Lakay 73'), Grobler (Farmer 85').