Kaizer Chiefs Captain Opens Up Ahead Of Crunch CAF Champions League Final
Kaizer Chiefs captain Bernard Parker has discussed the team’s chances in the upcoming CAF Champions League final against Al Ahly.
The two African football giants meet on Saturday evening with a chance to write history in the continental club football showcase, set to be played at Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca.
Speaking ahead of the fixture, Parker reassured that the match would not be a walk in the park for the defending champions.
“This is every player’s dream to play at such level. As a team, we have worked very hard to reach this final. We deserve to be here,” said the Amakhosi skipper.
“All the players are happy, excited, and looking forward to this match. We have a good mix of players, young and experienced. The young ones are excited to be a part of this team. We have a good spirit and this affected our performance so far. It’s time now to perform once again.”
Al Ahly are the favorites for the title and Chiefs will again go into the game with the underdogs tag, something that has worked well for them throughout the tournament.
“We are in a CAF final after 20 years. Every player knows the club’s history and what has gone through the years,” added Parker.
“We are in a position to write history and we are aware of that. We had a lot of support from everyone and we can’t wait for the game to start. With our preparations, we are stronger that any time before in the competition. We are going to give everything for 90 minutes to write history.”
Both teams will be meeting for the second time in history as their first game came in the 2002 CAF Super Cup, where Al Ahly, winners of the 2001 CAF Champions League, defeated Chiefs, who were the winners of the CAF Cup Winners Cup, 4-1 in Cairo in March 2002.