SuperSport can win half the money in 4 matches for MTN8 as in 16 for Confed
SuperSport United will earn R8 million in prizemoney from four matches should they win the MTN8 final on Saturday‚ just over half of what they would earn for winning the Caf Confederation Cup in 18 matches across the continent.
Matsatsantsa meet Cape Town City in the R8m first prize MTN8 final at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
The Pretoria team remain in contention for the Confed final‚ though have work to do progressing past the semifinals‚ where they drew 1-1 at home against Tunisia’s Club Africain in the first leg on October 1.
The second leg – SuperSport’s 16th match in the grueling continental competition – will be played in Rades on October 21.
The prizemoney‚ should Eric Tinkler’s team then win the two-legged final in November‚ is $1‚25 million (R15‚1 million).
The Confed‚ too‚ of course involves travel across the continent‚ sometimes including lengthy stops in flights and harsh conditions. Winning the MTN8 requires simply comfortable‚ short‚ domestic travel.
“It’s an interesting one when you compare the two competitions we are in at the moment‚ with the Confederation Cup where I think we’re probably going into our 16th game in the 10th or 11th month since we began‚” SuperSport captain Dean Furman said.
“And then you look at this competition where we’re going into our fourth game in the three months‚ and we’re in the final.
“But it doesn't take away from the prestige. Obviously to lift trophies is what we're here for.
“And there would be no greater feeling than lifting that trophy on Saturday evening. It’s one that SuperSport haven’t won for quite a while‚ and that we definitely want to put into our trophy cabinet.”
SuperSport beat Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in the opening round quarterfinal of the MTN8‚ the tournament for Premier Soccer League clubs finishing in the top half.
They beat Maritzburg United 3-1 on aggregate in the two-legged semifinals.