Absa Premiership

SuperSport turn focus to Absa Premiership

2017-11-28 16:00
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Cape Town - Losing CAF Confederation Cup finalists SuperSport United return to domestic league duties when they host Ajax Cape Town in a Absa Premiership match on Wednesday night.

The game at the Mbombela Stadium is set for a 19:30 kick-off.

SuperSport are playing catch-up after their lengthy African adventure, and have only played five league matches to date, while most teams have already played 11 or 12 games.

The Pretoria side are, however, still one place above Ajax on the standings after claiming 10 points from their five outings.

The Urban Warriors have endured a tough campaign and are third from bottom, above the relegation zone only on goal difference after just two wins in 10 matches.

Head coach Stanley Menzo will have to work hard to lift his team's morale after Ajax gave up a two-goal advantage in the last five minutes at Athlone to draw 2-2 with AmaZulu last weekend.

"We had chances to increase our lead, but failed to do so. We simply weren't clinical enough as they pushed forward more and more in the close stages," Menzo told the club's website.

"Disappointed with the result, yes, but proud of the way the team played for most parts, considering we hadn't played a competitive game for over three weeks.

"We have to work on seeing out the final few minutes. It is not only one thing, it is sad for the players who worked hard for 85 minutes. A bit of luck and we would've been 3-0 up. We could have scored more. I believe in this team," he added.

SuperSport striker Jeremy Brockie is, meanwhile, looking to bounce back after the Confederation Cup final loss, as well as his country New Zealand's failure to qualify for the World Cup.

"The disappointments have been coming in thick and fast. I guess that if we start looking at positives, no one wants to really run away and take the league," he told The Star.

"Everyone keeps drawing with each other. It gives us hope as there is something positive to look forward to and strive to get.

"I am disappointed that we didn't have a little bit of composure in the final third. We could have tried to penetrate them a little bit more.

"We either let ourselves down with a poor delivery or the wrong option. We need to bounce back by climbing up the league," he added.

Neither team has any suspensions and both coaches have close to fully fit squads. SuperSport forward Thabo Mnyamane has been inching back to fitness and could come into the reckoning.

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