Lifeline for Chiefs in CAF Champions League

Bernard Parker celebrates scoring the goal that handed Kaizer Chiefs a 1-0 win over Wydad Athletic in their CAF Champions League game at FNB Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images
Bernard Parker celebrates scoring the goal that handed Kaizer Chiefs a 1-0 win over Wydad Athletic in their CAF Champions League game at FNB Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

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Kaizer Chiefs have kept their CAF Champions League hopes alive after securing a 1-0 win over Wydad Athletic at FNB Stadium on Saturday night.

Chiefs clinched their second win in their group, albeit against a second-string Wydad team, to move up to eight points and tie with Horoya AC of Guinea.

Amakhosi are now in the running to progress to the knockout stage of the competition. Their victory in Group C came courtesy of a 48th-minute goal from Bernard Parker.

With Wydad having already qualified for the next round, the second qualifying team will be decided next Saturday, when Chiefs face Horoya in Conakry.

The Glamour Boys have garnered some good momentum after their 1-0 Soweto derby win two weeks ago.

Amakhosi have given themselves a glimmer of hope and are trying to give their fans something to cheer about as they continue to falter in the domestic league.

However, Chiefs will be without Daniel Akpeyi and Samir Nurkovic for that final group match as they were both red-carded in the match against the Moroccans.

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Gavin Hunt’s team finished the match with nine men after Akpeyi went out in the 41st minute and Nurkovic followed in the 89th minute.

Akpeyi was replaced by Itumeleng Khune, who made his first appearance since returning from a family bereavement in March.

Chiefs will now turn their attention to the DStv Premiership, where they face a stern Stellenbosch FC on Tuesday.

The Glamour Boys have garnered some good momentum after their 1-0 Soweto derby win two weeks ago.

The team will be looking to move up from their current position, where they have collected 23 points from 19 games.

After Tuesday’s league game, Chiefs will have 10 matches remaining in the premiership, which they would do well to use to finish as high as possible on the log.

DStv Premiership Saturday results

Moroka Swallows 1-1 Golden Arrows

Cape Town City 0-0 Baroka

Maritzburg United 5-1 Chippa United


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