Star midfielder Khama Billiat of out-of-form Kaizer Chiefs hopes that a good run in the CAF Champions League can spark a domestic revival for the team.
Chiefs have been out of sorts since the beginning of the season. They are 11th on the DStv Premiership table and recently suffered a humiliating 5-0 aggregate loss against arch-rivals Orlando Pirates in the MTN8.
Amakhosi have travelled to Cameroon to take on PWD Bamenda in the first leg of their preliminary round Champions League fixture on Sunday.
“Everyone is looking forward to the competition and we want to challenge ourselves. We will do our best and see how far we go,” Billiat said.
“It’s very important for us to do well in the competition. It brings a lot of confidence and good energy coming to the domestic competition.”
Amakhosi last year participated in the CAF Confederation Cup, but did not make it to the group stages.
Billiat believes their experience from previous participations will help them go further in the premier continental club competition.
“We have played the Champions League before, there is nothing new. Our approach will be important when we playing away and at home.”
“We need to go out there and challenge in Africa and take this team where it belongs. It starts now and we needed to test ourselves with big teams out there.”
Club chairman Kaizer Motaung urged the players to do well in the competition.
“This is an important journey for us. It’s our first time playing in Cameroon ... and it happens when Cameroon is preparing to host the Afcon.” Motaung said.
“So we are going out there to fly the South African flag with pride. I wish the team a safe journey and victory on Sunday.”
Meanwhile, Bloemfontein Celtic are in the Democratic Republic of Congo for their Confederation Cup preliminary round game against AS Maniema on Sunday.