‘Kaizer Chiefs are just 180 minutes away from Caf Champions League glory’

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Kaizer Chiefs caretaker coach Arthur Zwane.
Kaizer Chiefs caretaker coach Arthur Zwane.
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Kaizer Chiefs will look to secure a first-ever berth in the Caf Champions League (CAFCL) final when they host Wydad Casablanca in the return leg of their semi-final tie on Saturday.

Kick-off at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg is set for 6 pm.

“We have another 90 minutes, it will be difficult. We were very disciplined and we hope to keep a clean sheet at home as well.”
Kaizer Chiefs caretaker coach, Arthur Zwane

The South African giants hold a crucial 1-0 lead from the first leg in Morocco last weekend, where Samir Nurkovic’s first-half, VAR-ratified goal proved the difference between the teams.

No club have lost a knockout tie in the latter stages of the Champions League after winning the first leg away from home since way back in 1995, and the Amakhosi are determined not to become the first.

“We have another 90 minutes, it will be difficult. We were very disciplined and we hope to keep a clean sheet at home as well,” said caretaker coach Arthur Zwane.

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“Everyone gave 100%, I’m happy with the result and with the clean sheet. We know it’s not over, it’s only halfway. We just have to keep going and working hard,” added first-leg man of the match, goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma.

The Amakhosi’s emergence as possible Champions League winners has been a shock: the club had never even reached the group stage of the competition prior to this season, while their awful domestic form (which ultimately saw the dismissal of highly-regarded coach Gavin Hunt) had not suggested that this team are capable of conquering Africa — yet they are now just 180 minutes away from the ultimate glory in continental club competition.

“We’ll try to overturn this result in South Africa, I can’t fault the players, they gave one hundred per cent. They were present mentally and physically but this is football. We accept the result and we look forward to doing better in the next match.”
Wydad Casablanca coach, Faouzi Benzarti

Wydad, however, will point to their dominance of the first leg as evidence that they can turn the tie around. The Moroccans created chance after chance at the Stade Mohamed V, but were repeatedly denied by the heroics of Bvuma.

“We’ll try to overturn this result in South Africa, I can’t fault the players, they gave one hundred per cent. They were present mentally and physically but this is football.

“We accept the result and we look forward to doing better in the next match,” coach Faouzi Benzarti said ahead of this weekend’s clash.

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