Motaung: Kaizer Chiefs don't have depth for Caf

The Amakhosi football manager Bobby Motaung discusses the clubs position in terms of participating in the Caf Champions League. There's better news regarding their home PSL venue
With South Africa awarded two positions for this year's CafCL, champions Mamelodi Sundowns and second placed Kaizer Chiefs qualify. However Amakhosi are considering pulling out due to a lack of squad depth to handle all competitions, as well as finances.

After Goal already exclusively revealed Chiefs stance days in advance, Motaung spoke to the Sowetan about their reasons.

"We have to figure out what is the best option for the club, both in terms of finance and our players' welfare," said Motaung.

"(Bafana Bafana) have the Cosafa tournament and possibly the Africa Cup of Nations coming up during this season, which will see Chiefs players competing.

"Then we have the important second half of the season, which is at the same time as the opening rounds of the Champions League. The big question is do we have the depth in our squad to have our players competing on too many fronts?" the manager asked.

The club is yet to make a final decision on the matter, and is waiting to discuss the issue with coach Stuart Baxter. One question is: With Kaizer Chiefs wanting to build their brand as one of the top clubs in Africa, how can they stake that claim without competing in Caf?

Meanwhile Amakhosi will play all their home games at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg this upcoming season.

"Our relationship with Chiefs has grown and there's mutual respect, which has come out of the relationship over the last four years," Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA) chief executive Jacques Grobbelaar stated on Tuesday.

"Kaizer Chiefs and ourselves negotiated in bringing another three matches of Kaizer Chiefs to the stadium, so now we have the rights to all 15 home (league) matches."