MANCHESTER - It did not rain for SuperSport United's Under-15 side yesterday, it poured.
Incessant rain at the Carrington ground in Manchester meant the junior Matsatsantsa were all but ruled out of the knockout stages of the Manchester United Premier Cup world finals after losing 3-0 to Italy's Juventus and drawing 0-0 with Central United of New Zealand.
The goal-shy Matsatsantsa were still to score a goal at this tournament that features 20 of the best Under-15 sides in the world.
Africa's other representatives at the event are the Right to Dream Academy from Ghana, who were having the tournament of their lives as they won two and drew one of the games they have played so far and are on course to feature in the knockout stages today.
The junior Matsatsantsa have played good football but have been outsmarted and out- muscled by their physically stronger and bigger opponents so far.
The downfall of the South African champions has been what everybody has pointed out as a serious problem faced by the country - the lack of natural goal scorers.
Gift Mnyandu, Sinethemba Ngidi and Daylon Appolis could not find the net even after being set up by the hard- working Siyabulela Mose and Cebo Meyiwa.
SuperSport also have to thank goalkeeper Njabulo Kubheka who was solid between the goal posts and thwarted many attempts by the New Zealanders.
Journalists at the tournament have not been allowed to use the names of players from the opposition teams as it is said to be against the law to identify players under the age of 15 in the area.
United were to play their last group game against Atlas from Mexico who were on five points already at the time of going to press.
Two teams from each stream will go through to the quarterfinals today.
The finals of the tournament will feature as a curtain raiser to the game between Manchester United and Italy's Juventus at Old Trafford tomorrow evening.