Nxesi: It's about scoring goals
Posted: 26 November 2017 Time: 13:30
Minister of Sport and Recreation Thulas Nxesi bemoaned SuperSport United's inability to find the back of the net in the CAF Confederation Cup second leg final against TP Mazembe.
SuperSport were defeated 2-1 on aggregate by Mazembe in the final, as the DRC giants became only the third team after FAS Rabat and CS Sfaxien to defend the trophy.
Matsatsantsa threw away the chance to win their first ever continental trophy when they drew 0-0 against Mazembe at the Lucas Moripe Stadium last night.
The hosts needed to score a goal and not concede to be crowned champions, but fired blanks on a rainy night in the capital city. Their goalless draw was just another reminder of the scoring problem there is in South African football.
Nxesi believes SuperSport gave a good account of themselves, but said football is about putting the ball in the back of the net.
"It was a good game. SuperSport were in control of the game but unfortunately they could not put the ball in the back of the net,” Nxesi said.
"So at the end of the day it’s not about how much you display but it’s about the goals. They could not make it, that's it. But let’s congratulate TP Mazembe,” he added.
SuperSport and Tshwane rivals Mamelodi Sundowns were the only PSL teams that managed to go beyond the group stages of their respective continental club competitions this year and Nxesi has urged South African clubs to continue taking the tournaments seriously.
"Certainly they must [continue participating]. If we want to be part of the world we must go through the continent,” he added.
SuperSport will quickly have to put the disappointment of missing out on lifting the Confederation Cup when they take on Ajax Cape Town in the Absa Premiership at Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday (19h30).