Kearyn Baccus: 'I'd rather see Kaizer Chiefs attack and lose, than defend and draw'

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Kaizer Chiefs striker Samir Nurkovic celebrating his goal against Orlando Pirates (Gallo Images)
Kaizer Chiefs striker Samir Nurkovic celebrating his goal against Orlando Pirates (Gallo Images)

Midfielder Kearyn Baccus on Thursday said that Kaizer Chiefs are excited to do well ahead of their crunch CAF Champions League group stage clash at Horoya FC, following their domestic struggles this season in the PSL.

Chiefs will travel to Guinea for their final Group C clash at the General Lansana Conte Stadium on Saturday, needing a score draw at minimum to advance to the knockout stages.

Both sides are currently on 8 points after five rounds of fixtures with Horoya occupying second position in the standings over Chiefs thanks to a superior goal difference.

The winner of Saturday's group decider will join group leaders Wydad Casablanca - who face bottom side Petro de Luanda - in the next round.

Back home, Chiefs have struggled this season under new coach Gavin Hunt, sitting in 9th position on 24 points, a huge 19 points of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Speaking ahead of their travels, Baccus says the team are looking forward to doing well on the continents following their domestic struggles.

"The boys are in good spirits," Baccus said. "We want to do well in the Champions League because we're not doing so well in the League [PSL].

"We're all ready and excited.

Needing a scoring draw to advance Baccus added that he would like to see the side attack instead of trying to settle for a draw.

"I'd rather see us attack and lose, than defend and draw so for me if we play all out attack we've got nothing to lose.

The tiebreakers for the CAF Champions League follows a head-to-head rule over goal difference and are as follows.

The teams will be ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers will be applied in the following order": 

- Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams; 

- Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams; 

- Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams; 

- Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams; 

- If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all       head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams; 

- Goal difference in all group matches; 

- Goals scored in all group matches; 

- Away goals scored in all group matches; 

- Drawing of lots.

Kick-off is at 21:00.

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