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Nov 21, 2017 05:30 PM

SuperSport United's Win Will Be The Greatest SA Triumph – Reader’s Voice

Should SuperSport United win the Confederations Cup, it would be a bigger triumph than Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates' Champions League victories.

Of course, that is not to say the Confed Cup is bigger than the Champions League. It is merely by looking at the challenges they face ahead of the final. 

The first is the issue of confidence. Yes, they won the MTN8 earlier this season but their Telkom Knockout semi-final loss to Bloemfontein Celtic was a major blow to their confidence. Losing it on penalties, no less, the one area they've dominated in the last few years, made things worse.

Of course, they managed a confidence boosting 3-0 victory against the high flying Golden Arrows in their last outing but the International break has been a nightmare for them. 

The psychological effects of being involved in failed sudden-death World Cup qualifying matches and playing the most important game of your life in the space of less than a week is unimaginable. But that is what the spine of United has to contend with in their Confederations Cup final against TP Mazembe. 

Six of Matsatsatsa's first choice XI were away with their national teams in must-win World Cup qualifiers and none returned with positive results. 

Furthermore, their international commitments robbed them the chance of training with their teammates ahead of the historic match. The one chance they got to train together, was disrupted by a major hailstorm. 

Add the fact that they were playing the defending champions in their own backyard and they were without Reneilwe Letsholonyane in that match. 

Pirates and Sundowns had their fair share of challenges to overcome but the ones facing Matsatsantsa before the taking the field, is something else altogether.

*This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader and reflects their opinion, not that of Soccer Laduma.

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majenz Joined: 21 Jul 2016
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majenz Nov 28, 2017 04:30 PM
told y'all mazembe got good players
Matayitayi Joined: 24 Jan 2014
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Matayitayi Nov 25, 2017 07:36 PM
Mxmnn lwazi , champs lig will always be bigger triumph .
blackmail Joined: 12 Oct 2013
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blackmail Nov 24, 2017 07:44 PM
First of its own kind. Good luck Supersport and make us proud.
Bridgertte Layun Joined: 24 Nov 2017
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Bridgertte Layun Nov 24, 2017 07:33 PM
All I can say is Sterkte aan my tuisspan
mludowns Joined: 30 Jan 2016
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mludowns Nov 24, 2017 05:46 PM
We will be happy if they win. But will it be the greatest?? Angazi
dellah Joined: 21 Nov 2017
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dellah Nov 24, 2017 11:29 AM
Supersports will b crowned champions tomorrow nyt
Phila Wa Jesu Joined: 13 Nov 2017
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Phila Wa Jesu Nov 24, 2017 09:49 AM
SuperSport is a great team with a very good coach who has been through similar situation as both a coach and a player and that away goal that they scored in the DRC was very crucial and they should play attacking football from the first minute which will work to their advantage and the fans should also fill up the stadium to boost the players.
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Realydoctor10 Nov 23, 2017 11:18 PM
Supersport united can bounce back if they would do their homework complete for that game and they must learn from the mistakes of the first game then they can beat Amazembe
kdowns Joined: 18 Aug 2015
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kdowns Nov 23, 2017 03:33 PM
Haai...that's your opinion. No comment.
tcdeluxe Joined: 06 Feb 2015
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tcdeluxe Nov 21, 2017 03:45 PM
You talk like Supersport was founded yesterday, Tinkler has been here before and it is exactly dat experience dat helped him thru. No team has had it any easier, ask Downs. So sit down pls and let de coach do his thing

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