SuperSport United booked their place in the final of the CAF Confederation Cup after beating Tunisian giants Club Africain 3-1 in a semi-final, second leg fixture played in front of a large partisan home crowd at the Stade Olympique de Rades in Tunis on Sunday evening.
The Pretoria-based side will meet defending champions TP Mazembe next month after the Congolese drew 0-0 against FUS Rabat in Morocco on Saturday to qualify 1-0 on aggregate.
Seven minutes into the second half, the visitors doubled their lead, when fullback Grant Mokoena provided the ideal pass to put New Zealand striker Jeremy Brockie clear, who fired the ball home to score his 10th goal in this season's CAF Confederation Cup campaign.
Within three minutes, the hosts had pulled one back from the penalty spot but any sense of a comeback for the pre-match favourites was extinguished when Grobler netted his second after 65 minutes.
"I think the first 30 minutes of the first half, I thought we were very good".
"The decision-making was very‚ very good".
"I think the fact they played with defensive midfielders actually played to our advantage".
That is not to say there were not nervy moments, especially when SuperSport took the lead through Grobler, a goal that spurred Club Africain forward.
"We created chances, we got the lead and immediately after scoring we changed the way we played".
However, the Tunisians were rocked in the 16th minute, when SuperSport's veteran midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane played a long ball across the field from the left, which found Thuso Phala. We started showing the same intensity and composure. We ended up getting the third and possibly could have got more. "It's been a long run to get where we are and we thoroughly deserve to be in that final", he concluded.
It is now the fourth time in the last five years that a South African side has made the final of an African club competition, a sign of the resurgence in influence from the country's clubs that had waned in the previous decade.