A highly anticipated Total CAF Confederation Cup Group D clash between Supersport United and title holders, TP Mazembe proved to be a disappointment to the handful of fans that were at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on Tuesday evening.
Much was expected from both sides following their exciting 2-2 draw a fortnight ago in Lubumbashi but a cautious and highly tactical approach resulted in a disappointing 0-0 stalemate.
The result sees Supersport move to second place after Horoya registered a hard fought 1-0 victory over Mounana on the same evening to go top of group D. Mazembe is third.
It was Mazembe who wasted no time in asking questions of Ronwen Williams as early as the fourth minute when Nathan Sinkala pounced on a loose ball in the box but his tame effort was easily gathered by the keeper.
The visitors tried putting together a few good moves with their danger man, Rainford Kalaba being the instigator while Stuart Baxter’s men surprisingly opted to catch their opponents on the break.
Veteran winger, Thuso Phala almost caught keeper, Ley Matampi, off guard after doing well to cut in from the left and unleash a powerful effort which was cleared off the near post by Matampi in the 18th minute.
The visitors continued in their pursuit of a goal and were almost rewarded just before the half hour mark when a clinical pass was threaded through to Sinkala only for Williams to quickly come off his line to save.
The second half saw a much more rejuvenated Supersport that played more like the home side.
Thabo Mnyamane squandered the best goal scoring opportunity of the game after a good cross from Aubrey Modiba found him unmarked on the far post, only for the lanky midfielder to misdirect his effort with the goal at his mercy.
Mnyamane’s miss proved to be the only real chance of the second half as both keepers were hardly tested for the remainder of the match.
Young midfielder, Teboho Mokoena who scored one of Supersport’s goals in the reverse game in Lubumbashi was ambitious with under ten minutes of the match remaining with a long range effort that hardly troubled Matampi.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football