By Michael Madyira
After a 1-1 first-leg draw in Gaborone a fortnight ago, Matsatsantsa have the advantage of an away goal but they would want to win to stay safe and avoid an upset in their own backyard.
A goalless draw is enough for Gavin Hunt’s men to progress to the group stage but that would be risky in the event that their visitors score late.
They go into Friday’s match smarting from the midweek 1-0 Premier Soccer League defeat by Chippa United, a result they hope will not affect their morale.
The Gaborone United match will be SuperSport’s third match in 13 days and Hunt is already feeling the heat of juggling between continental and domestic duties.
“I think you can see that mentally we are very drained. What we are going through is draining us and obviously we don’t train,” Hunt told the media.
“We haven’t had any training sessions and we play on Friday again miles away [in Limpopo].
“There is no training again so you will pick up injuries and things like that which we already got and red cards as well.
“These things will happen, that is football, but we are going to try and battle through it and see where we go.”
SuperSport will welcome back defender Thulani Hlatshwayo who was red-carded against Chippa United but is eligible to feature in this continental fixture.
Keenan Bezuidenhout grabbed Matsatsantsa’s away goal in Gaborone and there are expectations for him to be a key figure again on Friday.
Pictured above: SuperSport United players line up
Image source: SuperSport United