Cape Town - SuperSport United failed to
qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup group stages after losing to Gor Mahia on
away goals rule in the play-off round.
The hosts made a bright start and went
close to breaking the deadlock on the quarter-hour mark when Sipho Mbule blazed
over the crossbar following good work from Onismor Bhasera to fashion to create
They threatened again through Dylan
Stoffels, who got his attempt on target, but Gor keeper Boniface Oluoch was
equal to the task. Thabo Mnyamane was next to test Oluoch just before the
half-hour mark with a free-kick just that was comfortably saved.
Dylan Kerr's men had done most of the
defending in the first half, but they wasted a good opportunity to seize
control on 42 minutes when Bernard Ondiek missed the target after finding
Mnyamane was a whisker away from making the
breakthrough on the stroke of half-time with a curling effort from the edge of
the box that clipped the top of the crossbar.
Matsatsantsa quickly got into their stride
after the restart and after Stoffels forced Oluoch into a sharp save at close
range on 52 minutes, an own-goal from Haron Shakava in the 60th minute levelled
However, their lead lasted just one minute
as Francis Kahata hit back for the visitors when SuperSport switched off at the
Mnyamane finally had the beating of Oluoch,
though, when he drilled a shot beyond the Kenyan gloveman to give the Tshwane
outfit the lead on the night and 2-2 on aggregate in the two-legged tie.
SuperSport piled on the pressure in the
final 20 minutes and Oluoch was called on to keep out efforts from Mnyamane and
Darrel Smith, before Reyaad Pieterse pulled off a superb save to deny Kahata
his brace on 82 minutes.
The woodwork came to K'Ogalo's rescue at
the death when Mnyamane lined up a shot from distance that came back off the
post to cruelly deny the Premiership club passage into the next round.