Kaizer Chiefs stand on the brink of glory when they face Al Ahly in Casablanca for the CAF Champions League.
Amakhosi face the Team of the Century in a bid to add a star to their crest. The win would also bring with itR36.4 million in prize money – nearly double the amount Mamelodi Sundowns earned for their win in 2016. Orlando Pirates earned their star back in 1995.
Chiefs are the underdogs according to the latest odds at 5.07 -1 to win in 90 minutes. A draw is backed at 3.51 with Pitso Mosimane’s team tipped at 1.57 to win in regulation time.
Together with the cash incentive, a spot in the Club World Cup is also up for grabs. The Egyptians will be no pushovers as they prepare to defend their title.
Ahead of their chance to win a 10th crown, the club have poured praise on their South African foes.
“We are ready for Saturday’s game. We are focused and prepared, as we aim to defend our African title against Kaizer Chiefs,” said Director of Football Sayed Abdel Hafeez.
“We respect Kaizer Chiefs a lot and we refuse to say that they will be easy opponents, just because they did not win the CAF Champions League title before.
“They managed to reach the final after defeating big teams. They knocked out Morocco’s Wydad in the semi-finals. This shows that they are a strong team and have great ambitions to win their first African title.”
Njabulo Blom believes the Glamour Boys can repeat their semi-final heroics, they overcame Wydad Casablanca over two legs, and go the distance.
“Football does not depend on names or history, and we have seen previous lessons regarding this point.”
“We won’t underestimate Al Ahly because we know that they’re a very experienced team. I feel like the coaches and the entire technical team did very well in planning the sessions and in planning how we’ll go about on Saturday,” added Blom.
Saturday’s match kicks off at 9pm.