SSU dispatch Gaberone
Lebogang Manyama (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - SuperSport United have edged out Botswana side Gaborone United 2-0 in the first leg of their CAF Confederations Cup match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday evening.
United's Mame Niang redeemed himself after an earlier miss in the 10th minute with a sublime finish off the outside of his boot from a Lebogang Manyama cross.
The duo struck again in the 20th minute when Manyama broke loose on the right wing and played a low cross to Niang, who doubled his tally.
A minute later Gaborone had a chance to pull one back when Mandla Mgadla fired a shot which Rowan Williams blocked.
Manyama won a freekick in the 22nd minute which Sameehg Doutie played high up into the box but Noah Maposa managed to punch the ball away under pressure from Niang.
SuperSport were forced to make a change at the start of the second half when Boalefa Pule replaced goalkeeper Ronwen Williams, who suffered a groin injury.
Gaborone nearly pulled one back in the 54th minute as Jackie Mothatego turned well and let go a scorcher that beat the diving Pule and flew past the top left corner.
Niang was denied a hat-trick in the 58th minute as his effort from a penalty came struck the upright.
In the 62nd minute Mgadla, who was Gaborone's standout player found himself at the end of a good cross into the box but was denied by the woodwork after he had beaten Pule.
SuperSport were dealt another injury blow when Manyama limped off to be replaced by Bennet Chenene in the 64th minute.