AmaKhosi will mark their return to continental football when they host Black Africa of Namibia in the Caf Champions League opener on SaturdayKaizer Chiefs will make their only third appearance in the Caf Champions League when they host Black Africa of Namibia at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night.
The South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions last played in Africa's biggest club competition back in 2005 where they were crashed out in the third round.
However, AmaKhosi return to continental football with new players and new approach altogether in their quest to conquer Africa.
This Naturena-based outfit would have seen what their fierce rivals Orlando Pirates did in the previous edition of this competition, and they will, without a doubt, want to do better.
Black Africa are a closed book to Chiefs, and that could make them even more dangerous besides the fact that they are in the Champions League on merit.
However, history could be against Black Africa who last played in this competition back in 2000.
They return to continental football with a poor record having failed to get past the first round of any African tournament since their first participation in 1991.
Black Africa may be familiar with the majority of Chiefs players especially those who are regulars in the national team, and the likes of Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Itumeleng Khune will be expected to show their class and lead from the front.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Chiefs have only participated in the 1993 and 2005 editions of the Caf Champions League.
- In 1993, Chiefs played six matches in total, winning five and suffering a single defeat which was enough to knock them out in the Round-of-16.
- Chiefs and Black Africa have never met in this competition before, this clash will mark their first official meeting.
- In 2005, AmaKhosi crashed out in third round after a total of six matches in the competition of which they won four and lost only two.
- It's been 14 years since Black Africa last took part in the Caf Champions League.