Kaizer Chiefs defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele has pledged to put in the hard work ahead of their Caf Champions League clash against Petro de Luanda this evening at 11 de Novembro Stadium in Luanda.
The game will be played behind closed doors with the kick-off set for 17:00 local time (18:00 SA time).
Mphahlele returns to the team after serving his one-match suspension, having picked up a red card against Wydad Casablanca in Burkina Faso.
“We have prepared adequately for the game with the players we’ve got available,” said the Glamour Boys centre-back.
“We know it’s going to be tough because they are not the same team that we faced nine days ago in Joburg. By that, I mean that Champions League games are different when you play at home and away.
“We watched the game between Petro and Wydad and feel that Petro was unlucky to lose by a goal to nil because they were much stronger and missed clear cut chances. They are strong at home, so we have to up our game and not let any complacency creep in because we beat them at FNB Stadium.”
The 31-year-old footballer insists they are looking forward to doing their best and pocketing all the maximum points to cement their chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals.
“We are looking forward to doing everything in our power to get all the three points so we can sit on 7 points in the group. We will obviously be watching what happens in the other match as this affects us. I’m sure they will also be watching our game with keen interest,” he adds.
“We have to try hard to qualify for the quarterfinals because this experience will be key in the future. We have some youngsters in the team who are lucky to be playing at this level as they will be strong enough to withstand the challenges of playing in this competition in the future.”
Chiefs are now third in Group C with four points from three outings, five points behind log leaders Wydad.
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By FARPost Reporter