The resurgence of Kaizer Chiefs is not only good for the long-suffering supporters of the club, but also for an entire country hungry for some euphoria amid the grip of Covid-19, corruption and confusion.
In causing an upset by beating Wyad Casablanca away, Chiefs have put themselves firmly in the driving seat ahead of the return leg of the CAF Champions League semifinal at home.
With the Pitso Mosimane-coached Egyptian giants Al Ahly also expected to proceed to the final following their away win to Tunisian side Esperance, Chiefs entertain the tantalising prospect of facing the most successful club in the world in terms of trophies won, and second in terms of international titles won (22), behind Real Madrid.
If Chiefs go all the way and lift the Champions League Cup, they will not only become the toast of their more than 16 million sub-Saharan Africa support base, but will also endear themselves to the entire South African nation in need of something to celebrate.
Having reached this stage against all expectations, Chiefs have nothing to lose and everything to gain in trying to revive their fortunes, which have been sliding downward through recent years.
They have become the butt of silly jokes. It must have been painful for the Glamour Boys to be subjects of comic relief, and the scene is set for them to restore their battered image.
One way to secure this is to ensure that a star is embroidered on their jersey by winning the Champions League.
What Chiefs have been missing over the years is authority and respect. It is for this reason that even some smaller teams fancy their teams against Amakhosi when pitted against them.
This is a team that has won 13 league titles (four in the PSL era) and more than 50 club trophies.
Having qualified for next season’s MTN8 by the skin of their teeth following an uninspiring season, the time for stamping their authority and restoring their pride is now.
I guess it would not be wishful thinking to believe that the whole of South Africa will be behind Chiefs should they cross the Wydad hurdle and the continental giant that is Al Ahly.
With Chiefs 90 minutes away from booking a place in a dream final, it is important that they do not adopt a very defensive approach in the return leg in trying to defend their slender lead.
With Wydad having thrashed them 4-0 in the group stage, Chiefs will have to take the game to their opponents and try to score a goal or two.
Bring the cup home, boys. The club needs it, supporters yearn for it and the country is hungry for it.