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SuperSport United out to finish off Leopards in Nairobi

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 31: Thuso Phala of Supersport and Tsepo Masilela of Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs from Lucas Moripe Stadium on August 31, 2013 Pretoria, South Africa
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 31: Thuso Phala of Supersport and Tsepo Masilela of Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs from Lucas Moripe Stadium on August 31, 2013 Pretoria, South Africa


SuperSport will leave on Friday for Kenyan city of Nairobi to face AFC Leopards in the second-leg of the Caf Confederations Cup first-round clash on Sunday afternoon.

The South African side will travel to Kenya with a 2-0 aggregate score after Bennett Chenene and David Mathebula scored in the first leg and helped United to a 2-0 win at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria last Saturday.

Matsatsantsa are hit by injury concerns going into the second-leg tie, with players such as striker Bradley Grobler, Roscoe Pietersen, and Ghanaian defensive midfielder Edwin Gymah out of the upcoming match, while new striker Dino Ndlovu, Thato Mokeke and Skumbuzo Mazibuko are ineligible to play in the second best African football club competition due to not being registered.

SuperSport United coach, Cavin Johnson, says his side will need to score again in the second-leg to be on safe side and make sure they progress to the next round. “We want to progress and, in order to do that, we need to score more goals than they do and win,” the former Platinum Stars mentor said ahead of the trip

“This is a crucial game for us. We are confident because we can do good things this season.

The Matsatsantsa A Pitori coach also added that AFC Leopards are a good side and his side doesn’t have any right to under estimate the Kenyan side, who are not having the best of time in their league after failing to register a win since their start of the season.

“We already saw that AFC Leopards play good football,” Johnson said. “We have to play as we know how, but we must increase the tempo. I thing the key will be to control better our emotion that with respect to the first-leg and we need to be smart and play the way most top  African club play away from home.

Should SuperSport United progress, they are likely to face CARA or Congo or Tunisian powerhouse Etoile du Sahel in the next round.