SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt has revealed why being with more North African teams in the same group is a preference than facing clubs from other regions.
United will take on USM Alger in a CAF Confederation Cup Group A match at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It is the second match of the group for the DStv Premiership side after losing the opening match 1-0 against Modern Future of Egypt last week.
United are in the same group as Al Hilal SC Benghazi [Libya], USM [Algeria] and Future [Egypt]. All their away matches will be in the Northern Africa region but Hunt insists their advantage is they know what kind of teams they have to face.
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“I prefer that [North African teams] because they are pretty all similar in terms of the way they approach football matches,” he said.
“If you play a West African or Central African team they are different. These teams are more structured, their game mentality and their game is totally different to Southern and West African teams.
“They manage their game much better. Well, it’s much better for them if they are losing obviously it’s different. But it’s game management, it’s football intelligence the way they do things. So you know more about the North African teams and what you will be up against. They are very structured as I said than other parts of Africa,” Hunt was speaking during a media briefing in Polokwane ahead of the match.
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United are currently third in the log without a point while Future and Alger have both collected maximum points in their opening fixtures. Alger are the defending Champions after beating Young Africans in last year’s final.