Kaizer Chiefs defender and stand-in captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele says his men are “ready to fight” against Angolan side Primeiro De Agosto on Tuesday to continue their mission of reaching the Caf Champions League group stage.
The clash will be played at the Estádio 11 de Novembro in Luanda (17:00 kickoff) with Chiefs targeting a win.
In the first leg second round showdown at FNB Stadium last month, the game ended goalless with the Soweto giants missing several golden opportunities to win the encounter.
Mphahlele says the players are well aware of the importance of this game and are prepared.
“We know it is a very important game for us and we started training already last year in preparation for this game and the team is looking good, so we ready to fight, we know it is going to be very difficult, as much as we had a good game against them at home, I think we should have won the game easily, but it is what it is,” said Mphahlele.
“It’s nil-nil, and it’s a whole new complete different game because they’re playing at home now and they’re going to come but we have a big chance of going to the group stage, which is what we came here for.”
An outright win or a draw with goals will be enough for ‘Amakhosi’ to progress to the group stage and their quest has been boosted by the availability of Serbian striker Samir Nurković as they have been struggling in front of goals.
“Everyone is aware of how big the game is on Tuesday, the importance of this game, we need to start the new year with a win and carry on from there, it is very important to put the team to the group stage so we can compete with the best of Africa.
“It is a chance that we have spoken about it since last season to say as much as we didn’t win the league, but the team is in the Champions League which is something we really want to explore and the coach (Gavin Hunt) is also willing and prepared to go the extra mile in this competition,” concluded the Chiefs defender.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi
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