Supersport United are determined to have their names engraved in the history books of African football. This is according to hard-tackling defender, Onismor Bhasera who is determined to help his club to reach the group stage of the Total CAF Confederation Cup.
‘Matsatsantsa’ welcome Liberian side, Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) for the second leg of the 2nd 1/16th round at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking to CAFOnline.com at the club’s training session on Thursday, the Zimbabwe-import believes his side has what it takes to at least reach the last 16 of one of Africa’s coveted cup competitions but says they will first need to overcome a resilient BYC.
The club from the nation’s capital is on a serious chase for silverware this season with the domestic league and cup title on offer alongside a very tough and ambitious quest to conquer Africa. A gutsy performance away from home resulted in a 1-1 draw which will give the Pretoria outfit a much-needed boost as they aim to emulate their rivals, Mamelodi Sundowns in CAF competitions.
“It has been one of the toughest seasons for the club but we draw strength from the support that we get from our fans who have been with us through thick and thin,” said Bhasera.
Asked how the squad is able to maintain consistency in a demanding campaign both locally and on the continental front, the 31-year-old left back said that the club has gelled very well under the stewardship of English man, Stuart Baxter.
“The coach has done well in putting together a strong team of professionals. Playing in CAF competitions is not easy. All clubs that partake in the competition want to do well and it is through blood, sweat and tears that you can really stake your claim in Africa. You need to be very disciplined and remain grounded both as a player as well as a team” said Bhasera.
“It is no secret that we want to go all the way but first, we need to do well on Sunday and take each game as it comes” he added.
Bhasera is one of Zimbabwe’s ‘golden generation’ which include Khama Billiat, Knowledge Musona, Willard Katsande and many others who have raised the Zimbabwean flag recently.
Asked on how much this tournament means to him for a player who is nearing his retirement, Bhasera pointed out to the dream of any African footballer.
“Any footballer will tell you that if you want to really test yourself, you need to go play against the best in Africa. We do have several players from different parts of the continent in the Premier Soccer League but travelling long hours and playing your best in the heat of some of the countries in Africa sets you apart from any other professional footballer. I am enjoying my time with Supersport but it is equally important that the team comes first ahead of me” said Bhasera.
Meanwhile, fellows Bidvest Wits have a mountain to climb away in Alexandria where they will face Egyptian side Smouha on Saturday. Wits were held to a goalless draw in the first leg last weekend after fielding a relatively inexperienced squad. They will be hoping for an early goal to settle the nerves in what is set to be a very difficult encounter for the Clever Boys.
Another South African club in action this weekend is Platinum Stars. ‘Dikwena’ will be hoping to reverse a 2-0 defeat suffered at the hands of AS Tanda in Abidjan last week when they host the Ivorians on Saturday in Rustenberg.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football