JOHANNESBURG – An emotional Khulu Sibiya, the SuperSport United chairman, described how he broke down crying in front of his TV while watching the club qualify for the final of the Caf Confederation Cup on Sunday night after beating Club Africain in Tunisia.
Matsatsantsa were 4-2 aggregate winners over two legs as they made history in full view of a packed crowd that slowly made its way out of the Stade Olympique de Rades, with the hosts well and truly beaten by a ruthless South African side.
“I wish my wife was here to tell you how I just started crying when I was watching the game,” said Sibiya at the OR Tambo International Airport as he and club supporters welcomed the team back from a long flight home.
“I had tears of joy. It was just amazing. Thank you Eric (Tinkler, the coach) for coming in and doing what you have done. You are an amazing man.
“I must reveal that it was Stan (Matthews, the CEO) who dropped your name in the hat when we were looking for a coach, not me. It’s not easy for any new coach in the club to come in and just make things happen.”
SuperSport will travel away to the Democratic Republic of Congo to face defending champions TP Mazembe in the first leg of the final on November 17, and then host the return match a week later at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
The club are also trying to move that second leg to a Saturday, November 25, instead of the game being played on Friday night. This is to allow more fans the opportunity to attend and give them an edge in terms of home advantage.