Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Abel ‘Chacklas’ Shongwe has called on the club’s players to fight for the Caf Champions League in honour of the chairman, Kaizer Motaung.
Shongwe believes the legendary Motaung deserves a star in honour of all the work he has done in building Amakhosi into a force to reckon with in Africa.
The Soweto giants are set to meet with reigning African champions Al Ahly in their first ever Champions league final following their impressive run in this year’s campaign. The two sides clash at the Stade Mohammed V Stadium in Morocco on Saturday at 21h00, live on SuperSport Channel 202.
“It will be wonderful to bring the star home while he [Kaizer Motaung] is still alive,” Shongwe told FARPost.
Despite finishing a disappointing eighth in the DStv Premiership, the Phefeni Glamour Boys went on to carve their own piece of history by reaching the final of the prestigious tournament.
The Soweto giants caused major upsets on their way to the final as they eliminated some of Africa’s giants like Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca.
Chiefs go into the final as the underdogs, but Shongwe has warned Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly not to undermine the Naturena-based side.
“The boys are highly motivated, they are going there to fight. They would want to get an early goal and make sure they do not concede,” added Shongwe, who played for Chiefs between 1986 and 1988.
While they defended well in the two-legged semi-final against Wydad, which they won 1-0 on aggregate, former Glamour Boys goalkeeper William Shongwe has urged them to be cautious and attack more.
“Yes, they can defend, they did it with Simba and Wydad, but this is no game to defend. They need to attack more and hit them on transition,” said ‘Cool Cat’.
“They will be making history. Imagine how it would feel knowing that your name is up in the history books. They are surely going to give it their best.”
Mosimane’s troops come into the final after successfully beating Esperance of Tunisia 4-0 on aggregate in the semi-final. The Cairo giants are in fine form and are eager to add the 10th star to their tally.
Interestingly, Mosimane knows Kaizer Chiefs from his days at Mamelodi Sundowns and will not write the Amakhosi off as yet.
“A place in the final is already a victory for them, so they have less to lose. They are precisely dangerous for those reasons,” he said.
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By Raymond Seema Tlou