Hunt on for big moolah

By Thami Nqolobe

By Thami Nqolobe

An elated SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt is optimistic that his charges will go a long way in the Telkom Knockout.

"I'm delighted about the result and I believe we will have a very good run in the competition," Hunt said.

Hunt uttered these words after his side bundled Santos out of the lucrative competition at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.

His counterpart at Santos Jean-Marc Ithier bemoaned his team's performance which he believes was below par.

"I'm very disappointed with how my team played today," the former Santos and Mauritian international striker said.

SuperSport striker Katlego Mphela's brace was enough to give the Pretoria club a 2-1 win over the People"s Team.

Mphela scored a stunning goal when he unleashed a 35 metre drive in the 20th minute which could be a contender for goal of the tournament.

Mphela completed his brace just a minute before interval after Santos goalkeeper Wayne Roberts fumbled Fikru Tefera's shot.

Santos goal came from Koena Mathopa's header which was deflected into the net by SuperSport defender Rudi Isaacs following an Erwin Isaacs free kick in the 34th minute.

Things could have gone well for Ithier's men had Thembile Kanono not missed a sitter in the third minute.

Mathopa set the stylish midfielder free but Kanono's shot went just wide.

SuperSport skipper Ricardo Katza cleared Erwin Isaacs' low cross from the right flank in the 15th minute.

Katza's clearance denied Eleazor Rodgers a goal scoring opportunity which could have given Santos the lead.

Santos' loss means that Cape Town will not be represented in the next round of the competition.

This after Free State Stars dumped Ajax Cape Town out of the competition when they defeated them 1-0 last Thursday.

Ea lla koto won 1-0.