Carl Peters
Sport Editor
4 minute read
15 Jul 2021
06:03

Chiefs aim to upset mighty Al Ahly

Carl Peters

Kaizer Chiefs left for Morocco on Wednesday with the belief that they have prepared well for their bid to upset the mighty Al Ahly in the Caf Champions League final on Saturday.

Kaizer Chiefs left for Morocco on Wednesday with the belief that they have prepared well for their bid to upset the mighty Al Ahly in the Caf Champions League final on Saturday.

Defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele said that as much as they take pride in being the group to have guided the club to their first ever Champions League final, their aim is also to win it.

“When coming to football it is not about who has done what, it is all about how much effort you put in and the willingness to win the game in those 90 minutes. We are ready and well prepared.”
Chiefs defender, Ramahlwe Mphahlele

And midfielder Njabulo Blom said the preparations could not have been better for the big challenge waiting for them in the form of the Egyptian giants.

“We feel very proud that we were able to get to the Caf Champions League final as players. We are very proud of what we have achieved,” said Mphahlele.

Kaizer Chiefs’ fullback, Ramahlwe Mphahlele
Kaizer Chiefs fullback, Ramahlwe Mphahlele.

“It is not many people playing football who in the end manage to get to this level, so I am really happy.

“I have realised that this is something very possible to be achieved by South African clubs every year.

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“Each one of us will have a good story to tell about their history in football.”

Mphahlele has yet to win any silverware in the five years he has spent in Naturena, after joining from Mamelodi Sundowns, but now has the chance to break his duck by winning the biggest club competition on the continent.

“Kaizer Chiefs is one club that has never won the Champions League and as players we are very much aware that it is important to work hard to be included in the list of the clubs that have won the Caf Champions League,” he added.

“We did not start well in the group stages, we won some games and lost some games. As a team we decided to keep going and keep grinding, keep working hard and keep believing. I feel like it’s our hard work that got us here.”
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, Njabulo Blom

“It will benefit us, and our country shall be recognised by the teams in the north in such places such as Morocco, Egypt and Algeria.

“We are going to play Al Ahly, and this is one of the biggest clubs in Africa. It has won the Caf Champions League a few more times than all other teams. 

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“When coming to football it is not about who has done what, it is all about how much effort you put in and the willingness to win the game in those 90 minutes. We are ready and well prepared.”

Blom is the only member of the Chiefs’ squad to have featured in all 14 of their games in the competition this season, and he said it has been a hard road to get to where they are now.

“I am so excited, it was not easy to get here,” he said. “We did not start well in the group stages, we won some games and lost some games. “As a team we decided to keep going and keep grinding, keep working hard and keep believing.

“I feel like it’s our hard work that got us here. During the week we have prepared very well as a team and we will go there and give our very best. We will try to win the trophy.”

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SuperSport will have live coverage of the 9 pm kickoff in Casablanca, the capital of Morocco, on Saturday.

Bafana unbeaten as Cosafa enters knockout stages 

Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana will enter the knockout stages of the Cosafa Cup as the only unbeaten team left in the tournament, following a 0-0 draw against Zambia at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Gqeberha on Wednesday.

Zambia, who needed a win to keep alive their hopes of defending the title they won in 2019, were duly dumped out of the tournament.

Bafana Bafana ended top of Group A, having yet to concede a goal in the regional tournament after four matches.