local soccer 25.2.2016 10:04 am

Chiefs aim to wrap it up in style against Volcan

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela. (Backpagepix)

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela. (Backpagepix)

Saturday’s Caf Champions League game is possibly the easiest Kaizer Chiefs will get to play in continental club competitions this year.

Amakhosi go into the match with a massive advantage, having given Volcan Club de Moroni a 4-0 drubbing in the first leg in Comoros.

Volcan will likely be looking to avoid further embarrassment at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium, but it is unimaginable that they could spring a surprise.

Then again, the unimaginable has happened in football before and Chiefs will not let up at home, and will no doubt aim to wrap it up in style.

In the first leg, it was defender Erick Mathoho who became a hero, scoring twice, while Bernard Parker and Sula Matovu contributed the other goals to ensure Amakhosi have an easier time in the home leg.

Coach Steve Komphela said his team respect the fans and their opponents and will field the best available players on Saturday night.

However it would not be too surprising if Komphela opts to rest some of his key players and give those who have hardly had game time, like Bongani Ndulula and Hendriek Ekstein, a run in Durban.

Volcan have said they are in the competition to test their mettle against the best teams in the continent, so as to learn and get some experience. Having seen how Ama-
khosi played in the first leg, the islanders will be determined to put up a better show.

“It was a high level that we played in. We need to keep our heads held high and tackle the big guns of the continent. That will give us the experience,” said a statement on Volcan’s website.

Volcan could be out for more footballing lessons in Durban as an always vibrant crowd will make it tough for the visitors on Saturday.

However, Amakhosi will be more worried about their next opponents, who will provide a far more serious challenge than the islanders.

If they get past Volcan, Chiefs are likely to meet Ivory Coast giants ASEC Mimosas in the first qualifying round. Mimosas go into the second leg – also set for Saturday – with a slender 1-0 advantage over their Tunisian opponents AS Cotontchad.

Should Chiefs make it through to the second round, their campaign will then get even more testing as they could come up against Sudan’s Al Hilal, who reached the semifinals of the 2015 Champions League.

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