Supersport United have turned down a request to push their Caf Confederation Cup match against Kenyan side AFC Leopards’ to Sunday.
A statement obtained by Goal signed by club’s official Koketso Gaofetoge, indicates that the first leg first round match will be played on Saturday at Lucas Moripe Stadium.
The statement read in part, “SuperSport United welcome Kenyan side, AFC Leopards’ in the first round of Caf Confederation Cup on Saturday evening at the Lucas Moripe stadium. Kick-off is set for 20h15 (9.15 Kenyan time).
“Media will be allowed to use their 2013/14 PSL accreditation for entry and parking at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.”
The move comes a day after AFC Leopards’ said they had appealed through Kenya federation to have the match pushed to Sunday. AFC Leopards’ missed their flight to South Africa on Thursday morning and are scheduled to depart on Friday night.
Ingwe Chief Executive Officer Richard Ekhalie told Goal they are yet to receive latest communiqué. “We are still waiting for the official communication by 12 noon (today, Friday). We put in a request on Thursday and hopefully they will listen to our pleas.”
Matsatsantsa overcame Botswana side Gaborone United 3-0 on aggregate in their previous encounter and will look to replicate that performance in the first round match-up against a formidable Leopards’ side that swept past Ethiopian outfit, Defence SC 4-1 on aggregate.
Supersport coach Cavin Johnson will be boosted with the timely return of key defenders, Thabo September and Sibusiso Khumalo, who both missed the trip to Gaborone due to injury. “The personality is when you are playing at home (Lucas Moripe Stadium), that's when we need to be at our very best. It's a big stage for us and we have to come to the party and showcase what we can do," said Johnson.
“Leopards' is a formidable side and are well known for producing some of Kenya's best talent. We are well aware of what they can do and we have planned accordingly for them.
“This stage is where we will be tested-you can either play or you can't. Some of the players have to prove that they have got that character to be able to play against the best in Africa. We want to progress to the next stage and have made our intentions very clear to everyone."
Superport will however, miss services of injured trio Roscoe Pietersen, Bradley Grobler and Edwin Gyimah while Dino Ndlovu, Thato Mokeke and Joao de Oliveira are not registered for the Caf competition.