Kaizer Chiefs will hope their underdog stature and the incontrovertible reality that Wydad Casablanca may maybe now not examine distinguished from the Caf Champions League workforce stage rookies can work in their favour in their matchup in Ouagadougou‚ Burkina Faso, on Sunday.
Chiefs‚ after the Moroccan authorities denied them visas over Covid-19 concerns for the fixture originally scheduled for February 13‚ meet Wydad at Stade du 4 Aout (kickoff 6pm SA time) in the Burkina Faso capital. Amakhosi will hope for an upset win that can maybe maybe win them support into the fray in Group of workers C after a disappointing initiate of a 1-1 design at home against Guinea’s Horoya.
It may maybe most likely most likely maybe maybe be some upset although. Wydad‚ the 2017 winners of the competition‚ had been arguably Africa’s strongest club of the remaining half of-decade.
Their most up-to-date portray in the Champions League has been formidable — since 2016 they had been semi-finalists‚ champions‚ quarterfinalists‚ runners-up and semi-finalists.
Chiefs’ frail goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune‚ who has records of the neutral venue having played there in Bafana Bafana’s 1-1 World Cup qualifying design in October 2016‚ said Amakhosi ought to play for a win on Sunday.
“It’s a in reality tricky match for us and we’re looking forward to bringing three points support home‚” he said.
“It’s going to be a cosmopolitan match because it’s now not our home game. We are in a position to ought to wrestle demanding for the three points.
“I’ve been to Burkina Faso before with Bafana Bafana‚ and we managed to design the match. So I’ll support the guys to acclimatise smartly‚ and to know what to expect in Ouagadougou.
“It’s now not going now not be a easy outing but we all know what’s expected of us. Now we ought to drag there and wrestle for the club and wrestle for the badge‚ and signify the total nation and gain the nation proud.”
Defender Anthony Akumu‚ who confronted Wydad for old club Zesco United‚ said the prospect that the Moroccan giants likely know little about Chiefs‚ and maybe will underestimate the Soweto giants as they gain their first-ever look in the Champions League workforce stage‚ can be an profit for Amakhosi.
“I think the spirit is there‚ each person looks to be involved‚ because we didn’t win the maximum points in the first game we played of the workforce stage‚” Akumu said.
“Wydad are a correct facet. They had been in the competition many years‚ continuously semi-finalists or quarterfinalists.
“So on our facet maybe we scrutinize care for underdogs‚ but that’s a correct ticket. Because of this of maybe they don’t know us‚ and it’s a correct thing.”
Horoya lead Group of workers C with four points from two video games‚ Wydad gain three points from one match‚ Chiefs gain a point‚ and Petro de Luanda of Angola gain zero.