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South African newspapers: Kaizer Chiefs need luck for a balanced final against the 9-time champion

The local newspapers issued in South Africa continued this morning, talking about the preparations and preparations of the Kaizer Chiefs team, for Al-Ahly Club's match in the CAF Champions League final, next July 17 in Morocco.

The Daily News headlined the Kaizer Chiefs are spoiling the CAF Champions League and said, This season the indomitable Kaizer Chiefs have made CAF Champions League teams look like a comic strip as they make their way to the final after rising winners even though they have been underdogs every time.


“The players need to continue their fantastic run and take advantage of their luck. If not, everything points to a lopsided final given Al Ahly’s imposing credentials - a nine-time champion and an unprecedented 14 finals.”


She stressed that the South African players will rely on defense and repel balls and anything that approached the penalty area. Their style of defense did not provoke development, but on that day in front of Wydad, it was difficult to penetrate.

Times live highlighted Pitso Mosimane's statements about the Kaizer Chiefs: They are an eccentric team, they can defeat you, and said Pitso Mosimane, Al-Ahly coach, warned those associated with the Egyptian giant that the Kaizer Chiefs could hurt any opponent who underestimated them.

Mosimane described the Chiefs as embarrassing opponents before the Giant's Battle at the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca.

And she continued: Musimani is preparing to win his third title in the African Champions League, which broke the record after winning with Sundowns in 2016 and Al-Ahly in November last year.

In another headline, she said how the Kaizer Chiefs' heartbreak in the 2019-20 season inspired them to the CAF Champions League final, and added: Arthur Zwan, assistant coach said the blow to stifle the Kaizer Chiefs on the last day of the Premier League title in 2020-21 also had a rebound effect that inspired them. In one of their best hours to reach the CAF Champions League final.

"When we said to the players, 'Something big is going to happen', we found ourselves in the CAF Champions League final because we believed and wanted it more," Zwane said.

He added: "When it comes to the team's performance, it was always up and down psychologically, the players were not the same but they still gave everything they had and we had a lot of challenges and also with injuries even in this second leg, we lost players.

"But we were in a similar situation in 2001 when we had 13 players but we managed to win the Mandela Cup, and it seems that history will repeat itself."

The chiefs' only continental success came in the African Cup Winners' Cup, also known as the Mandela Cup, in 2001.

As the Soccerladuma newspaper said, Kaizer Chiefs did the impossible and qualified for the CAF Champions League final after losing in two matches against Wydad in the group stage and kept his goal in Casablanca in the second leg, as Wydad witnessed a huge defensive show keeping Kaizer Chiefs clean again in the second leg.

She continued: The final of the Champions League will be held on Saturday 17 July 2021, at the Mohammed V Stadium in Morocco, it is a final to be remembered for sure. A huge battle between the giants, competing for African glory, will soon begin, but one thing is certain - the Kaizer Chiefs have exceeded expectations by reaching to the final.

Musimani was quoted as saying: “A very strong team in terms of organisation, they don’t give up goals easily,” and he went on to say, “The bosses are a very good team, but they can be embarrassing at times, you can’t easily describe it.”

And Fina Mafusa, a spokesman for the South African Kaizer Chiefs club, confirmed in a special statement for the seventh day, that the crisis of the Corona outbreak in the Naturina province to which the club belongs will not hinder the mission’s travel to Morocco to face Al-Ahly in the African Champions League final, scheduled for next July 17, in the city of Casablanca, Morocco.

The South African government had imposed a curfew in the country due to the outbreak of the Corona virus, as well as preventing travel to and from the state in which the Kaizer Chiefs club is located.