SuperSport United have been knocked out of the Caf Confederation Cup following a 3-1 defeat to Egyptian side ENPPI at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday afternoon
With both SuperSport United and ENPPI having no advantage over each other from the first leg match that ended in a 0-0 draw, it was Matsatsantsa who looked for a bright start to demoralize their Egyptian opponents.
Atuyise Nyondo, in for misfiring Bradley Grobler, had the first real shot at goal in the 6th minute, but his well taken shot went inches wide.
However, United were in front after nine minutes through a well struck George Maluleka’s shot which gave the ENPPI keeper Mohamed Abdel no chance.
The visitors nearly equalized in the 28th minute after United had given possession cheaply outside the box, but Edwin Gyimah matched Vincent de Fonye for pace and cleared the ball off his feet for ENPPI’s corner.
The Egyptians continued to pile pressure on United and finally found the equalizer through Vincent de Fonye who pounced from a loose ball inside the penalty area on 38 minutes to make it 1-1.
Matsatsantsa were one goal down two minutes later after Vincent de Fonye had doubled the lead for the visitors with a superb strike from the edge of the box.
The home side tried to get back into the game and to at least level the score before the interval, but ENPPI stood firm as the referee blew for halftime.
Gavin Hunt tried an attack-minded system in the second half and immediately introduced Ashley Hartog for midfielder Moffat Mdluli, as they continued to search for an equalizer would change the complexion of the game.
However, ENPPI unlocked the United defence with a clinical finish from Omraw Ahmed who put the tie beyond the Nedbank Cup holders for the visitors’ third of the match.
Hunt sacrificed Sameehg Doutie and introduced another striker in Kermit Erasmus to tried and put their visitors under pressure and possibly get a goal, but the Egyptians seemed to be winning every ball played in their box.
Both teams didn’t create any goalscoring opportunities although United had all 10 men inside the ENPPI half, but the Egyptians remained unshaken as they protected their lead to the final whistle.