SuperSport United downs Gaborone with Ighodaro double

SuperSport United downs Gaborone with Ighodaro double
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It's the second leg of the second round of the CAF Confederation Cup qualifies. SuperSport United is challenging for a place in the lucrative group phase of the competition.

The Matsatsantsa who are third in the DSTV Premiership drew bye in the first round and paired against Botswana side Gaborone United.

It is the eighth time the Botswana side will appear in a CAF competition.

Twice, they featured in the CAF Champions League. They also appeared in the African Cup of Champions Clubs, where they crashed out in the preliminary stage.

They have also featured in the CAF Cup twice and once in the CAF Confederation Cup (2010).

They hoped to do a number over their more illustrious South African opponents – SuperSport United.

SuperSport United found Gaborone United a tough nut to crack in the first leg. It ended 1-1, but the away goals rule puts the advantage in favour of the Matsatsantsa.

SuperSport United held to a barren first half.

SuperSport United fails to score in the first half against Gaborone United
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Fans of SuperSport United were hopeful of a resounding victory, with the job completed in the first half, but were left disappointed.

The Botswana side may be the minnows, but they packed a kick. They refused to roll over for the South African side.

It took SuperSport United some time to get going in the game.

SuperSport United took the game to Gaborone, but opportunities to break the deadlock in the first half failed to materialize.

It was stubborn defending from Gaborone United.

The home side had to wait till the 19th minute to get something close to a good chance.

On a rare Gaborone United attack, the Matsatsantsa hit the away side on the counterattack. The ball fell to Shandre Campbell, but his curler was off-target.

Gaborone United did well to limit the opportunities that fell to the South African side.

Both sides saw limited opportunities as the defenders brought their A-game to the party.

The first 45 minutes saw the game tied at 0-0 and 1-1 on aggregate.

Etiosa Ighodaro on the double for the Matsatsantsa

Etiosa Ighodaro scores a brace for SuperSport United
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SuperSport United kicked off the second half from where they left off, taking the game to Gaborone United.

The home side still got no joy from the Gaborone defence, but the constant waves of attack wore the Gaborone United defence thin.

With about ten minutes of the second half played, SuperSport United finally found a breakthrough.

The goal came in the 56th-minute courtesy of Etiosa Ighodaro off an assist by Ronald Pfumbudzai.

The goal gave SuperSport United the latitude to relax a bit, and a few minutes past the hour mark, they made their first substitution.

Lyle Lakay came on in the 64th minute to replace the industrious Shandre Campbell.

The home side bossed the game as they held a vastly superior possession, but the chances did not match their ball possession.

Gaborone United were waiting to catch the home side on a counterattack, but the opportunities were not forthcoming.

With a goal in the kitty, the Matsatsantsa kept their cool and continued to probe gently, looking for gaps to exploit for a second goal.

2 goals from Etiosa Ighodaro enough for SuperSport United
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The patient build-up and probing eventually yielded dividends as the home side put the game to bed.

In the 72nd minute, Nigerian striker Etiosa Ighodaro struck again. Given time and space, the Nigerian forward hit a powerful drive to give the home side a 2-0 lead.

Ighodaro did not get the opportunity to score his hat trick.

Four minutes after scoring his second of the night, Ighodaro left the pitch for Bradley Grobler. Ronald Pfumbidzai also replaced Terrence Dzvukamanja.

The second goal knocked the stuffing out of Gaborone United and made the rest of the match smooth sailing for the Matsatsantsa.

It was over as a contest in the 90th minute as substitute Bradley Grobler killed off any hope of a comeback with a cracker of a goal.

The game ended 3-0 and sent the Matsatsantsa into the group phase of the CAF Confederation Cup on 4-1 aggregate.

Line ups

SuperSport United:
Washington Arubi, Mohamed Hamza, Ime Okon, Ronald Pfumbudzai, Onismor Bhasera, Jesse Donn, Grant Margemann, Gamphani Lungu, Shandre Campbell, Keenan Bezuidenhout, Etiosa Ighodaro

This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter. Chooka has a passion for football and has been a fan of Enugu Rangers (over 30 years) and Real Madrid (Since 1996).