SuperSport United may have impressed on the continent as they finished as 2017 Caf Confederation Cup runners up but it has clearly come at a cost.
Matsatsantsa recently failed to overturn a 2-1 deficit against TP Mazembe which saw the Ravens retain their continental crown. But following SuperSport’s heartbreak, it seems the woes have continued, this time on the financial side of things.
According to SuperSport CEO Stanley Matthews, the Tshwane-based outfit’s exploits on the continent was certainly not about money as they suffered a R3 million loss.
"We probably lost R3-million. Had we won, we could have gone past break-even point," Matthews told the Sowetan.
"Once we made it past the group stages it was not about money [but] it was always about making the country proud and making history," he added.
Nonetheless, SuperSport will soon need to dust themselves off as they return to continental competition next year by virtue of winning last season’s Nedbank Cup, and Matthews admits that they will once again opt to utilise their fringe players during the preliminary stages.
"I don't think we will use a full-strength squad in the preliminary stages,” Matthews admitted.
"We will push some of the fringe players to give them more experience in that format. If we then push to the group stages then we can have a dart again," he said.
Meanwhile, a clearly disheartened Matthews has hit out against African football’s mother body for their inadequate running of the tournament, and states that SuperSport will rather concentrate on domestic affairs.
"I would rather put my energies in a PSL basket than a Caf basket because at least we know the level of professionalism and we know there is a degree of accountability from the officials," Matthews said.
"In the organisation of logistics and stadiums the PSL is world-class, unfortunately the same cannot be said about Caf," he concluded.