Tinkler, McCarthy lead United, City to MTN8 semis
SuperSport United scored early, then held on against Kaizer Chiefs for a 1-0 MTN8 quarterfinal victory at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban last night.
Chiefs looked about as well-drilled from a pre-season as they have in Steve Komphela's three starts to a campaign.
After Matsatsantsa a Pitori scored through Jeremy Brockie, Amakhosi owned the match, striking the woodwork three times. But it was an all-too-familiar pattern - goals conceded at crucial stages, and not taken at the other end, despite pleasing football.
The jury is still out on whether Chiefs have the squad to seriously challenge for trophies and the league title this season.
They certainly had the look of a team who can win silverware. But a look alone is not enough. And another cup competition has been exited, ramping up the pressure on Komphela.
For new SuperSport coach Eric Tinkler, there is work to do. But there were glimpses of what the new man can achieve with such resources, and such a balanced squad. He surely does not have a team lacking in grit.