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Kaizer Chiefs Reach First Ever CAF Champions League Final

Kaizer Chiefs qualified for their first ever CAF Champions League final on Saturday, after playing to a goalless draw with Wydad Casablanca in the return leg of their semifinals tie.

The 1-0 win in Casablanca in the first leg proved enough to take them through on aggregate.

Chiefs started the better of the two sides, coming close to opening the scoring through Samir Nurkovic, Bernard Parker and Willard Katsade in the first 30 minutes of the game.

However, the visitors started to wake up halfway through the first half, with the Red Castle slowly losing composure.

Wydad created their first real chance in front of goal a minute later when Ayoub El-Kaabi met a right-sided free-kick into the box, but he headed inches over from ten-yards out.

Wydad also had the last say of the half when Achraf Dari fired a low 20-yard free-kick narrowly wide of the target.

The half ended 0-0.

With a place in the final of Africa’s foremost club competition up for grabs, the atmosphere remained edgy and tense at FNB Stadium in the second half.

Wydad had first decent chance of the second half in the 63rd minute when substitute Muaid Ellafi left fly with a powerful 30-yard shot, but Daniel Akpeyi produced an acrobatic save to turn his effort around the post.

Neither side could find a winner as both teams threw men forward in attack and consequently the game ended without a goal as Wydad were bundled out of the competition.

Kaizer Chiefs will batter defending champions Al Ahly or Esperance de Tunis for the continental crown.

How they lined up:


Chiefs XI:  Akpeyi (1); Cardoso (4), Ngezana (30)  Mathoho (3); Sasman (20), Frosler (23) Blom (12), Katsande (14), Parker © (25), Ngcobo (15), Nurković (9)

Subs:  Khune (16);  Maphahlele (2), Baccus (6), Matsheke (24), Mashiane (19)

Wydad XI: Tagnaouti (26); El Ami Oud (22), Dari (3), El Idrissi (14), Farhane (25),  El Hassouni (20), El Karti © (18), Jabrane (5),  Mohammed (37), Msuva (11), El Kaabi (9)

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