Cape Town - A late goal from Thabo Mnyamane secured a 1-1 draw for SuperSport United
against Club Africain in the first leg of their CAF Confederations Cup
semi-final at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday.
United dominated the early exchanges as they controlled
the possession stakes and consequently the flow of the game, but their
finishing was poor.
In the 21st minute Club Africain took the lead, very much against the
run of play, when Saber Khalifa converted from the penalty spot.
Despite going behind, SuperSport continued to play the better football,
but went into the half-time break trailing the Tunisian side by a goal.
The second half saw Matsatsantsa coach Eric Tinkler introduce Mnyamane and it proved
to be an inspired choice as the side began to make the right choices in
the final third.
In the 68th minute Mnyamane produced a pin-point cross for Jeremy
Brockie, but the striker headed inches over from close range.
SuperSport threw men forward in the dying minutes of the match and were
rewarded with a penalty two minutes from time which Mnyamane
converted to secure a 1-1 draw on the day.
The second leg will take place in three weeks’ time with the winner on
aggregate progressing to the final.