Supersport United came back twice from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw against a spirited Horoya side on Friday evening at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in a Group D opener.
The cold rainy weather of Pretoria did not dampen the spirits of the teams who gave it their all in a highly entertaining match played in front of a handful of Supersport United supporters.
As expected, it was the hosts who went in search of a goal from the opening whistle but the compact defence of the visitors kept them at bay.
Supersport striker, Fagrie Lakay got the first opportunity of the game after sending a stinging effort that went inches wide after doing well to dribble past the Horoya defence in the opening 10 minutes.
The visitors got their opening chance moments later when Bassirou Ouedraogo was given room outside the box but fired his effort straight at keeper, Boalefa Pule on high alert.
The homers seemed to lose control of the ball way too easily which gave the Guineans confidence. Horoya began piling pressure on their host with playmaker, Jean Francis Ebele giving the Matsatsantsa defence a torrid opening half.
Equally in good form was Supersport’s playmaker, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, who threaded through a good pass at the half hour mark for Michael Morton which was intercepted right on time by Alseny Camara to keep the scores level.
However, Ebele was back in the United box again, this time cutting through the defence to curl in a dangerous effort that was parried by Pule.
It was from the resulting throw in that United failed to clear the ball that bounced in the box for Ebele to easily head home to give his side the lead on 34 minutes.
The hosts however wasted no time in responding when they were rewarded a free kick five minutes later, outside the box for Keagan Ritchie to unleash an ambitious strike which miraculously found the back of the net.
Coming from the break, Horoya continued from where they left off in keeping pressure on their hosts. It took just five minutes for the Guineans to find their second of the night thanks to Baffour Kyei who finished off a good build-up of passes to fire home from just outside the box.
Again, their lead was short lived as Supersport exploited the poor defending by the visitors. A good ball from Letsholonyane found its way to substitute, Thus Phala, who made no mistake in finding the equaliser beating the advancing Germain Berthe.
From then on, it was a one-way traffic to the Horoya goal with Phala and Lakay causing problems for the Guineans.
With just 10 minutes to the final whistle, United pushed more men forward in search of the equaliser but the visitors held on for dear life for the precious away point.
A glorious opportunity fell at the feet of goal scorer, Phala in the dying seconds of stoppage time after a quality cross found him unmarked in the box but he failed to direct his effort to the relief of the Guineans.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football