SuperSport bank on ‘incredible’ spirit in final

JOHANNESBURG – SuperSport has hope that incredible camaraderie and smooth preparations will culminate in them becoming the first South African team to lift the CAF Confederation Cup. The team entered the second leg of the final at Lucas ‘Masterpieces’ Moripe Stadium with a 2-1 win against title-holders TP Mazembe from the DRC.
Mazembe are looking at an 11th CAF title while SuperSport is looking to take it for the first time. The teams will be battling to take a record $1.25 million first prize.
Dean Furman, SuperSport captain and midfielder, said that preparations for the first leg in Southern Congolese city of Lubumbashi on Sunday were a logistical nightmare. From star strikers Jeremy Brockie having to dash across seven time zones to DR Congo after playing in Peru, to four of SuperSport’s payers being involved in tiring flights after World Cup qualifiers, having flown with South Africa to Senegal, as well as six-hour delay in leaving Johannesburg for Lubumbashi which reduced their training time on an unfamiliar pitch.
The players are banking on camaraderie and good preparations to make it.
“We built incredible camaraderie flying around Africa,” said Furman. “The Confederation Cup has brought us closer off the pitch and enhanced our never-say-die attitude on it,” he added.
Brockie said: “There are a lot of experienced players in the team who know how to carry us through difficult situations.”

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