Chiefs’ Angolan opponents eyeing group stage berth

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Kaizer Chiefs’ opponents in the Caf Champions League Angola’s Primeiro de Agosto have vowed they are eyeing a group stage berth.

The 13-time Angolan champions touched down at OR Tambo International Airport on Monday afternoon ahead of the first round, first leg clash at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday at 18h00.

“The senior men’s team is already in Johannesburg to face Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday for the first-round game to progress to the group stage of the Champions League,” the club wrote on its Facebook page.

Primeiro de Agosto have won the League in Angola for the last three seasons and have also participated in the Caf Champions League on 18 occasions.

Their most successful continental campaign was in 2018 when they eliminated DR Congo giants and five-time Champions League winners TP Mazembe in the quarterfinals. They went down to eventual champions Tunisia’s Esperance after a 4-3 aggregate scoreline.

Judging by their history in the campaign, they will certainly provide stiffer competition than Cameroon’s PWD Bamenda.

Amakhosi’s defence will have to keep a hawk’s eye on Agostinho Cristóvão Paciência, popularly known as Mabululu, pictured above. The 31-year-old forward notched four goals in last season’s Caf Champions League group stage round and made 13 international appearances for Angola while scoring five goals. Another man who can give the Soweto giants problems at the back is Emmanuel Ngudikama. The former AS Vita star is a pacey winger with loads of experience playing in the Champions League.

The return leg in Angola is set to take place on 06 January 2021. The winner will book their place in the 2020/2021 CAF Champions League group stage round. Chiefs defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele believes a win at home will be crucial.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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