SSU win: Blood, sweat and champagne

MTN8

Before the champagne showers, SuperSport United had to put in quite the shift to overcome a spirited Highlands Park in the MTN8 final.

Though the final was decided by just one goal, plenty of work was done between the two goalposts during the course of the 90 minutes as both sides poured out their blood and sweat but, while Highlands shed tears, SuperSport sprayed out the champaign in the end.

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The two teams could be credited for their respective efforts in the match which saw fine margins having ultimately decided the winner on the day, but a number of statistics justify why Matsatsantsa walked away champions and R8-million richer.

Evenly matched in most areas, the Lions of the North registered 13 goal attempts comparison to eventual champions SuperSport's 12; 348 passes to 349 and 114 balls won to 111.

However, the Tshwane side – competing in their third successive MTN8 final – had the edge both in quality and experience, with the likes of Bradley Grobler, Sipho Mbule and Thamsanqa Gabuza showing their pedigree in their individual contributions.

Check out the gallery above to get a picture of how the trio impacted the final result…

It was also coach Kaitano Tembo's second time lucky as he picked up his first piece of silverware as first-team coach, in his second attempt after falling short in last year's final against Cape Town City.

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