AmaKhosi host Cote d’Ivoire side ASEC Mimosas at the Dobsonville Stadium, in the first leg of their playoff Caf Confederation Cup encounter
Gaxa, Mashamaite, Gould, Masilela
Katsande,Tshabalala, Maluleka, Lebese,
Ablakor, Koffi, Sangare, Konan
Sakanoko, Kone, Soumahoro, Sekyere
The anticipated match follows Kaizer Chiefs exit from the Caf Champions League, whereby they were knocked out in the second round by AS Vita. The AmaKhosi have since dropped points in their domestic league as well, and now find themselves in second position to Mamelodi Sundowns who lead the pack.
Chiefs however, have regained some momentum, when they narrowly beat SuperSport United 2-0 in the Nedbank Cup quarter-final with two goals in the 90th minute by George Lebese. They then got their domestic league back on track with a 2-0 win against Polokwane City in their previous league match, with Lebese finding the back of the net once more and George Maluleka netting the second.
Kgotso Moleko is still ruled out with an ankle injury, and Knowledge Musona remains doubtful and will have to pass a late fitness test once again. Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter told the clubs official website that he will continue the rotation of his players, and will field a competitive side.
"We will go in this one in the same way as we have been doing in the past months,” said Baxter.
“Our aim remains intact, we go in each and every game to win. In any game that we play we want to be competitive.
“The game will be tough and will also test our experience in Caf competitions. We will protect our territory,” he added.
Much of the talk was whether the Caf Confederation Cup will be an unwanted distraction for Chiefs amidst their hopes to retain both the PSL title and Nedbank Cup during the business end of the season.
However Baxter could use this difficult encounter against ASEC to fine tune his charges, to take them up a level. This final push may be what they need. Of course any signs of fatigue would likely strike Chiefs, only if they beat ASEC and participate in the group stage. The effect of which will be felt toward the end of the year. Not now.
Meanwhile, ASEC who reside second in their domestic league come off a 3-3 draw against AFDAD. Les Mimosas demolished CS Constantine 6-1 on aggregate in their second round Caf encounter which saw them progress through to the playoffs.
"We will try to bring back a good result and we won't spit out a victory which will be the best advantage, before the return match, at home, in Abidjan," ASEC coach Traore Siaka told the club’s website.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Chiefs faced ASEC once, 14 years ago in the Vodacom Challenge
- AmaKhosi won the Vodacom Challenge encounter 2-1, Jabu Pule scoring the winning goal
- Current Chiefs assistant coach Doctor Khumalo featured in their previous meeting