Chiefs commence their CAF Champions League campaign on Saturday
Kaizer Chiefs will kick-off their CAF Champions League campaign against Namibian giants Black Africa in the preliminary round first-leg this coming Saturday at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The South African giants qualified to contest in the Africa’ ultimate club competition after winning the Absa Premiership title last season, in which they are in course to retain it this season as they lead second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns by 11 points.
This weekend they have to switch their focus to Champions League, and also hope to get off to a great start as they will be in the spot light after their rivals Orlando Pirates went all the way to the final and finished as runner-up. This will be the first time Kaizer Chiefs play in the competition since 2005 when they were beaten by Tunisian giants Esperance in the third-round.
“Everybody must be excited to see Chiefs back in the continental showpiece, and of course most people will remember that we have some African footprint when it comes to CAF competitions. We won 2001 CAF Winner’ Cup and we were also voted African Club of the Year in 2001,” said the Kaizer Chiefs Corporate Communication Manger, Vina Maphosa in high confidence.
The South Africans will have to be careful and not underestimate the Namibians, as Black Africa has eight Namibian Premier League titles to their name, and they are also the most successful club in the country. One of their top players is former Free State Stars defender Hartman Toromba, who was also the member of the squad of Namibia that contested in 2008 African Cup of Nations.
Former Namibian international, Herman Blaschke, who represented both Kaizer Chiefs and Black Africa in his heydays, says Namibians players are speedy but on-form Kaizer Chiefs should be hard to be handled by the Lively Lions of Windhoek.
“The Namibian players are speedy, that I know for sure. It is a pity I am living in South Africa at the moment and do not know the current state of the Namibian league. But watching Kaizer Chiefs these days give me confidence that they are a team to beat,” said Herman Blaschke.
The match at the FNB Stadium will kick-off at 20:00 CAT.