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Wydad Eye First-Leg Advantage Against Kaizer Chiefs

Wydad Casablanca will lock horns with Kaizer Chiefs in the 2020/2021 African Champions League match on Saturday.

The semi-final first-leg match will be played at the Mohammed V Stadium in the Moroccan city of Casablanca.

Kick-off is at 21h00 CAT.

Wydad Casablanca, who are two-time African champions, booked their space in last four after defeating Algerian side MC Alger 2-1 on aggregate in the quarterfinal stage.

The former Moroccan champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Alger in the first-leg match in Algiers but Walid El Karti’s late goal handed Wydad a 1-0 win in the return leg clash in Casablanca.

Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs, who are playing in the Champions League semifinal for the first time in their history, advanced to the semi-finals after defeating Tanzanian side Simba Sports Club.

Chiefs advanced to the last four for the first time in the club’s history after winning the tie 4-3 on aggregate. This is after they had secured a 4-0 win in the first-leg clash at home.

“Previously we never got past the early stages, this season we got to group stages. It was history on its own and here we are now in the semifinals. We have so many internationals in our team and all we want is to keep on making history for this team,” says  Chiefs midfielder Katsande.

The Amakhosi coach Stuart Baxter will look to exciting forward Samir Nurković to lead the team’s attack.

Both teams met in the group stages of the competition where Wydad thumped Chiefs 4-0 at home in February 2021, but Amakhosi got their revenge in the reverse fixture as they emerged 1-0 winners in Johannesburg.

The winner on aggregate between Wydad and Kaizer Chiefs will face off with either Tunisian side Esperance de Tunis or Egyptian giants Al Aly in the final.

Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye will be in charge of the first leg match with Bakary Papa Gassama of Gambia in charge of VAR.

The 34-year-old arbitrator is an experienced referee having been in charge of two high-profile CAF Champions League matches this year.

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