Aubrey Modiba shifts focus from Nedbank Cup glory to CAF Confederation Cup duty
Posted: 30 June 2017 Time: 14:53
SuperSport United defender Aubrey Modiba hopes their winning momentum will continue when they face Guinean side Horoya in the CAF Confederation Cup.
Matsatsantsa are hot off the successful defence of their Nedbank Cup title, becoming the first team to do so since 1982 and subsequently sealing their return to next year's CAF Confed Cup.
However, they still have unfinished business in this year's edition with their next task away to group leaders Horoya this weekend.
Modiba says the team have swiftly moved on from their cup celebrations but hope to keep that positive, winning mood going by bagging victory at the Stade 28 Septembre Stadium in Conakry on Saturday afternoon [17h00 SA time].
“Defending our [Nedbank Cup] title and securing a place in next season’s CAF Confederation Cup was really great, but we had to immediately switch focus to this weekend’s match in Guinea," Modiba told Cafonline.
"The team is fully focused and has been hard at work as we really want to do well for our supporters.
“At training, you wouldn’t even tell that these guys have just won a major cup competition and that is the spirit that we want to keep moving into the Confederation Cup.”
SuperSport currently sit second in Group D, two points behind Horoya and level with defending champions TP Mazembe, who are in action against bottom side CF Mounana on Sunday.
A defeat tomorrow could deal a huge blow to their hopes of advancing to the knockout stage of the competition for the first time in their history, should the Ravens pick up maximum points in Libreville a day later.
Having just come from a trip to Durban at the weekend, the Tshwane side were back on an aeroplane on Thursday, but the taxing schedule cannot be used an excuse, says the South African junior international.
“We can never use travelling as an excuse because the very same team that we going to play against had to travel the same number of hours to play us," he added.
"It is the nature of the competition, which requires mental toughness from a player."