Ahead of the first leg of the preliminary round of their CAF Champions League against PWD Bamenda, Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt and the players got to test the match venue as they practiced on Saturday afternoon.
The Champions League match will take place at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium in Limbe, Cameroon on Sunday afternoon (16:00 SA time).
“We trained on Saturday afternoon just to get a feel of the pitch but didn’t do much because of the heat,” said Hunt on the club’s official website.
“We just needed to get the travel out of the legs. The stadium looks really great but our only concern is that the grass is too long so it will be a different type of game for us.”
The team did not train on Friday after enduring a grueling 16-hour journey which included flying from Johannesburg to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, then connecting to Douala in Cameroon and driving by bus to Limbe.
Amakhosi only arrived at their destination at around 5pm on Friday.
“We are not so worried about the extreme heat and humid weather conditions because when you get into this competition you expect to play in such conditions,” adds Hunt. “I am confident that the players will cope.”
PWD Bamenda last played an official match in March, before the league was called off and declared winners due to Covid-19. However, the team recently played friendly matches in Libya and at home.
“We’ve seen some video footage, but the quality wasn’t great,” confirms Hunt. “Also, March is too far back so we don’t know what they really look like at the moment.”
The game will not be shown on South African television due to the unavailability of the satellite feed from Cameroon.
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By Kaizer Chiefs
Edited by Tiyani wa ka Mabasa