SuperSport climb to second spot


SuperSport United defeated Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila 2-0 to move level on points with DStv Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday afternoon.

Lucky Mohomi made a rare appearance for SuperSport as Grant Kekana and Jamie Webber completed their changes from the 1-1 draw against AmaZulu on Wednesday.

Tshakhuma, who entered the match on a three-match losing run, provided the first scare eight minutes in when Celimpilo Ngema fired into the side-netting after running onto a long ball.

The visitors remained on the back-foot following the midway stage as a thunderous strike from Ndivhuwo Ravhuhali struck the crossbar, with Thatayaone Ditlhokwe clearing the rebound.

Ghampani Lungu attempted to bring the visitors to life minutes to the half-hour mark with a half-volley from a probing ball by Sipho Mbule, but he directed the resulting attempt wide.

Tshakhuma’s positive passage of play continued in the last five minutes of the first half when a ball from Ngema allowed Edgar Manaka to unleash from close-range, but Ronwen Williams parried.

Matsatsantsa made a lively start to the second period, and were ahead on 60 minutes when a shot from range by Bradley Grobler proved too much for Brighton Mhlongo, who fumbled it over the line.

Lungu was withdrawn for Kudakwashe Mahachi after two minutes, as the visiting side looked to take full control of the encounter.

SuperSport made it two on 67 minutes when Mbule attacked a perfect delivery from the substitute Mahachi to fire in from point-blank range.

The home side attempted to find a way back through Ravhuhali as the clock began to wind down, but United steadied ship to pick up the win and go level with the top-two sides on the table.

Confirmed line-ups:

TTM: Mhlongo, Lukhubeni, Thangwane, Ravhuhali, Nkili, Timm, Ngema, Theron, Rakhale, Manaka, Lamola.

Subs:  Arubi, Mabotja, Ndlondlo, Masegela, Maphangule, Monde, Nevhulamba, Mnyamane, Nedzamba.

SuperSport: Williams, Philipps, Fleurs, Kekana, Ditlhokwe, Webber, Mbule, Mohomi, Lungu, Grobler, Gabuza.

Subs: Chigova, Khumalo, Nhlapo, Waiswa, Donn, Moralo, Mathebula, Mahachi, Appollis.