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LOSING 2-0 in the away leg of the African Champions League to Ferroviario a fortnight ago was a warning to South African champions SuperSport United, who welcome Heartland of Nigeria to Rand Stadium in the continental competition tomorrow.
Luckily for Gavin Hunt's team, the loss to Ferroviario did not have far- reaching consequences, as they had won the first leg 3-0 in Maputo.
But tomorrow's opponents are a different proposition and are of a more superior standard, with all due respect to Ferroviario and Mbabane Swallows, United's previous opponents.
Kelechi Emetole's boys were finalists last year, beaten only by defending champions TP Mazembe of Democratic Republic of Congo.
Matsatsantsa a Pitori spokesperson David "Mazolman" Skosana agreed that to have even the slightest chance against the Nigerians, his team need to finish the job at home, as failure to do so would cost them a place in the group stages.
The second leg takes place in Nigeria in two weeks' time.
Said Skosana yesterday: "The Telkom Knockout is gone and so is the Nedbank Cup, and the CAF Champions League is the only competition left for us to look forward to."
United will still not have the services of seasoned campaigners Morgan Gould, Emile Barron and Glen Salmon, who played an integral part in the side's success in the Absa Premiership this season.
But the good news for Hunt is that Ricardo Katza, Brent Carelse and Thandani Ntshumayelo are fit to play after earlier concerns.
The United coaching staff don't appear to know what to expect from the visitors in terms of style of ply , though it is safe to assume that, like most West African teams, they will boast a lot of brawn and will attempt to out-muscle and intimidate the hosts .
"We do not really know much about them or who their danger players are. As you know, our coach is a big believer in teamwork and maintains that individuals are not as lethal as team effort," said Skosana.
The match kicks off at 8.15pm.