SuperSport United boss wants South Africa to unite against TP Mazembe

SuperSport United boss wants South Africa to unite against TP 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

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 12:30

Ahead of the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final, SuperSport United chairman Khulu Sibiya has urged the South African football fraternity to unite.

Sibiya was speaking just a day before their clash against the Democratic Republic of Congo side, TP Mazembe on Saturday night in Tshwane.

The first leg in Lubumbashi produced a 2-1 loss for Sibiya's men, but they are banking on home ground advantage to seal their first continental crown.


“South Africans must unite on Saturday. It is not about whether you support Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns,” said Sibiya to IOL.

“This is about the nation as a whole. I was very amazed by the Congolese people at the weekend. They came from different places to support Mazembe.

"Even people who live in South Africa were there to support Mazembe. These people are very hostile. They are hostile even in the VIP areas.

“I’ve never seen anything like that. The stadium had the capacity of 19 000 but they took 24 000 and most of them where standing.

“It is time that our people also understand that when the team is playing in Africa it is representing the whole nation."

The return leg will be staged at the Lucas Moripe Stadium at 20:15 (CAT) and the club has urged fans to wear blue colours to gain free entry at the venue.

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