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Building up to the 2020-21 CAF Champions League Final this coming weekend with one of Africa’s giant soccer team Al Ahly of Egypt, Kaizer Chiefs has been reminiscing of the times they have gone head to head with 9times African champions tittle holders over 15 years ago.
This includes even the time when both giants met for the first time in May 1993 where Amakhosi won the first leg at Soccer City by 2-1.
“Amakhosi first competed in African club competition in 1993, when they took part in the African Club of Champions Cup, the precursor to the CAF Champions League.”
“They met Al Ahly’s rivals, Zamalek, in the second round over two legs. Amakhosi shocked the tournament favourites and had them chasing shadows in the first leg at Soccer City on the 16th May 1993, as Chiefs dominated and won the game 2-1.”
“Crucially though Chiefs conceded an away goal in Egypt and lost the second leg 1-0, exiting the tournament on away goals after the game ended 2-2 on aggregate.”
Fast-forward to 2001 when Amakhosi took the CAF cup, they eventually met the Egyptians again in 2002.
While it is known that Al Ahly is not a walkover, they are fighting tooth and nail in their local Premier League being in the second position with 12 points ahead of Amakhosi who finished the PSL with 36 points having entered the eighth position in the last minute of the league games.
Al Ahly which is led by the South African treble tittle holder Pitso Mosimane, have lost only two games out 22 played already.
Now building up to this coming weekend, Amakhosi need nothing but a win having not won anything in over three years. They have lost enough for a soccer team of their caliber.
To add on that, coming from a heavy ban which prevented the team from signing new players for two consecutive window periods, they have recently welcomed new members to the team.