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SuperSport United in the CAF Confederation Cup final

Bradley Grobler nodded an early goal to set up a shock 3-1 win for SuperSport United of South Africa at Club Africain of Tunisia Sunday and a place in the CAF Confederation Cup final.

SuperSport, who are bankrolled by a Johannesburg-based TV network, qualified 4-2 on aggregate to face holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo for the title.

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Having conceded a goal at home in the drawn first leg of the semi-final last month, scoring at Stade Olympique in a Tunis suburb was essential for the South African outfit.

Grobler, the tall son of a former star, answered the call on 16 minutes with a powerful header into the corner of the net off a Thuso Phala cross.

Mazembe, the second most successful club in CAF competitions with 10 titles, host the first leg on November 19 in Lubumbashi with the return match a week later in Pretoria.

The decider offers SuperSport coach Eric Tinkler a second chance to win the secondary African club competition after his Orlando Pirates side finished 2015 runners-up.


Fears that the incessant chanting and the flare throwing of the Tunisian supporters would unsettle the visitors proved unfounded.

United retained the lead until half-time and doubled it eight minutes into the second half when leading Confederation Cup scorer Jeremy Brockie notched his 10th goal of the campaign.

The recently off-form New Zealander timed his dart forward perfectly to spring an offside trap and steer the ball wide of goalkeeper Atef Dekhili.

Club Africain, the 2011 Confederation Cup runners-up, needed three goals to pull off a miraculous passage to the final and got one almost immediately.

Veteran captain Saber Khalifa calmly slotted a 56th-minute penalty into the net after goalkeeper Ronwen Williams dived the wrong way.

But Grobler struck again on 64 minutes to complete the scoring with a carbon copy of the Brockie goal.

He raced on to a defence-splitting through ball and fired past the goalkeeper to set up two further matches against Mazembe this season.

The clubs drew 2-2 in a Lubumbashi thriller, then 0-0 in a dour Pretoria duel during the group stage.