Cape Town - Reyaad
Pieterse has admitted that SuperSport United's Confederations Cup
play-off opponents, Gor Mahia of Kenya, are a closed book to them, but
says they know what to do to book their place in the Group stage of the
continental competition for a second successive year.
Matsatsantsa went all the way to the final in last year’s continental
competition but lost to TP Mazembe but a place in the Group stages
could go some way to making up for a disappointing domestic league
SuperSport overcame Angolan side Petro de Luanda 2-1 over two legs in
the first round of the Confederations Cup to secure their play-off
place, while they sit in 14th place in the Premiership.
The first leg match of the play-off will be played on April 6-8 in Kenya.
Speaking exclusively to Vodacom Soccer, Pieterse said his side has
the experience to go all the way once again and this time bring the
trophy home to South Africa.
He said: "Well, it's going to be an interesting encounter playing the Kenyan side in the play-off match.
"We do not know much about them, but we know what we need to do to go all the way and that’s all that matters.
"Look, of course it is not going to be an easy road, but obviously we
will try and do the best we can to achieve what we did in the previous
The former Kaizer Chiefs' goal-minder added: "It’s not going to be
easy, but with the players that we have, we know we have the
capabilities of reaching the final and even doing better to become
victorious in the final this time."
Pieterse also backed his side to overcome a tough domestic season by
doing well in their remaining matches to move away from the relegation
A spell of poor results led to the club parting ways with head coach
Eric Tinkler, with Kaitano Tembo given the responsibility to steer the
ship until the end of the season.
"Obviously to fight relegation in the right way, to have the right
attitude to stay up - and you know a place in the top eight is still a
possibility because from a team in position four to eight, the
difference is just five points,” he said
"A place in the top eight is still there, but for now the focus is on
winning our remaining games and of course it’s one game at the time."