united chase PSL hat trick

HAPPY: United's assistant coach Thomas Madigage has plenty to smile about.  21/11/2004. Pic.  © Gallo Images.
HAPPY: United's assistant coach Thomas Madigage has plenty to smile about. 21/11/2004. Pic. © Gallo Images.

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

SuperSport United have set themselves an even more remarkable goal next season - a third successive Absa Premiership title.

Matsatsantsa a Pitori are also determined to conquer the continent by winning the African Champions League, emulating Orlando Pirates, won it in 1995.

Pirates, who finished second behind United, are the only side in southern Africa to have clinched the African Champions League.

Assistant coach Thomas Madigage attributed their success in the past two seasons to a solid foundation laid down by the club.

"This is largely due to the vision of the SuperSport United board, who made sure they employed the right people in all the fields," he said.

"We receive a lot of support from the big boss Imtiaz Patel, who helped us to turn the club around. We also do a lot of planning, which helps us to sustain success.

"Even when Pitso Mosimane [Bafana Bafana assistant coach] was still our coach, management fully backed him and he was not put under pressure until he left.

"After Pitso left, they also brought in a knowledgeable coach in Gavin Hunt, who has also been given a free hand in running the team.

"That is a learning experience for all our clubs in South Africa. We all need to do proper planning and allow the technical staff to do their job without interference.

"When we started, management came up with a three-part plan.

"The first part was to ensure that SuperSport United is recognised.

"We were told the only way to achieve this was to win the league. That has been achieved and we were able to defend it successfully this past season.

"For the new season, we are going for the third league title. We know that we are going to be a target of all the clubs but they will find us ready.

"The third goal is to conquer the continent - the African Champions League presents us with a golden opportunity.

"You will recall that the international exposure that Pirates players got when they won the Champions League in 1995 benefited Bafana Bafana.

"The following year Bafana Bafana won the Africa Cup of Nations.

"South Africa must start taking the continental club championships seriously."