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By Ramatsiyi Moholoa | Apr 26, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

SUPERSPORT United are dreaming of reaching the knockout stages of the African Champions League despite playing to a 1-1 draw with Nigeria's Heartland.

The two teams will meet in a return match in two weeks' time, but United's assistant coach Thomas Madigage is insists that the South African league kings will defy the odds.

Speaking after Saturday's match at Rand Stadium, Madigage said: "I thought we played well for a change, we missed several scoring opportunities.

"It is unfortunate that we were not awarded a penalty after a blatant hand ball late in the match.

"We are not afraid to meet Heartland in their own back yard.

"Heartland are an experienced side, no wonder they were in the final of the very same African Champions League last year," Madigage said.

Heartland's goal was scored by Thankgod Ike in the second minute while Thabo September equalised with a header from a Jabu Maluleke corner in the 39th minute.

On Friday, President Jacob Zuma congratulated United for winning the league three times in a row . He hosted them in the presence of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson.


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