'SSU can compete with Chiefs & co’

Premiership

SuperSport United forward Iqraam Rayners has backed the club to compete for CAF qualification next season.

Matsatsantsa endured a difficult campaign during the 2021/22 DStv Premiership season in which the club finished in a eighth position on the log table, only qualifying for the 2022 MTN 8 competition ahead of Golden Arrows on goal difference.

Despite the SuperSport United's struggles, and challenges that came with the departures of head coach Kaitano Tembo and star midfielder Teboho Mokoena, forward Iqraam Rayners has backed the club to improve next season.

Speaking to KICK OFF, the 26-year-old, who joined United from Stellenbosch FC in 2020, shared his belief that he and his teammates can challenge for continental football again while aiming to compete for silverware in the domestic cup competitions as well. 

"We can compete against the likes of Cape Town City, Royal AM and Kaizer Chiefs," Rayners said. "All season long, we should have beaten a lot of these teams, but things just weren’t happening for us.

"Sometimes you need that little bit of luck to win those games which we didn't always get. That said, you also need to have that killer instinct to win those games, which we didn’t always have either, but sometimes it happens, and sometimes it doesn't.

"We will try next season again and we will keep on fighting for those top spots. It must be that SuperSport United starts competing again because SuperSport United is a club that wins titles and trophies.

"Every season, the club must win a trophy and they have shown that over the years. But for two seasons now, we did not win anything, and that must change. We will keep on fighting next season to try and achieve that goal."

This article is adapted from the full feature in the July edition of KICK OFF Magazine. The latest copy can be purchased online or in stores for R27 and more on Rayners' struggles for form and fitness at SuperSport United and the reasons behind his move away from Stellenbosch FC in 2020.

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