SUPERSPORT UNITED ARE THE CHAMPIONS
Written by: Venal Naidu
SuperSport United won the MTN8 Final in unbelievable fashion against Cape Town City on Saturday night at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Cape Town City scored the first goal of the match midway through the first half thanks to a well taken goal by Sibusiso Masina and took a firm grip on the game as City went into the break with 1-nil lead.
After the break it was more of the same from Cape Town City but lacklustre finishing from striker Lehlohonolo Majoro let the Cape Town outfit down.
City eventually had to rue those missed chances as Thabo Mnyamane scored a late equalizer in the 79th minute to take the game for extra time.
After Mnyamane scored he had to be stretchered of the pitch after injuring himself in the process of scoring.
SuperSport were left with ten men for the remainder of the game as prior to Mnyamane being injured they had already used up all three of their substitutes. In extra time Cape Town city tried to make the most of the numerical advantage but were thwarted at every attempt.
The game eventually went to penalties and SuperSports’ goalkeeper Ronwen Williams saved 2 penalties to help his team to a 4-2 penalty shootout victory.
Coach of Supersport United Eric Tinkler commended his team for a passionate performance.
“All we saw there was great character, great ressiliance, great determination from the guys,” said Tinkler.
Tinkler also mentioned that he had confidence in goalkeeper Ronwen Williams when it came to penalties.
“We have a lot of faith in our goalkeeper, we practiced penalties during the week and Ronwyn was awesome,” explained Tinkler.
Coach of Cape Town City Benni McCarthy was very disappointed with the result as hours were spent on the training ground working on the things Cape Town City failed to carry out on the pitch.
“It’s like wanting to pull your hair out, because this whole week we worked on finishing and scoring crosses,” said McCarthy.
McCarthy gave praise to the fans for coming out in their numbers in what was a week of tragedy for KwaZulu-Natal after the storm.
“After everything that happened in Durban, still a lot of people came out to support so for me that was the real winner of the night,” McCarthy ended.
*Caption: SuperSport United lifting the MTN8 trophy. Photo credit- Thembelenkosini Makhuba.