Chiefs won’t bother with Pirates’ success

Kaizer Chiefs

So Roger de Sa’s impressive run in the CAF Champions League is beginning to cast a shadow on how Chiefs counterpart Stuart Baxter will fare in the 2014 edition of Africa’s top club competition.

Despite their 2-1 defeat to Zamalek, Pirates – on seven points – still top Group A on goal-difference, but will be wary of the threat posed by Egyptian side Al-Ahly (who are also on seven points) as the group matches reach their decisive stages.

It is against such a backdrop that Amakhosi’s 2014 Champions League campaign is likely to be measured. But the club’s Corporate Communications Manager, Vina Maphosa, is quick to point out that they will not use Pirates’ good run as a barometer.

“We have pronounced as a club that we will play in the CAF Champions League. However, we are not benchmarking with our archrivals,” he tells KickOff.com.

“We have our own ambitions that are along the club’s founding principals of being winners. This is what our participation will be hinged on.”

Chiefs, who won the 2001 CAF Cup Winners’ Cup, are yet to reach the group stages of the Champions League.

Ironically, it was Zamalek who knocked them out of the 1993 Champions Cup (as the competition was known then). This was after Amakhosi had gone past Lobatse Gunners from Botswana and Rwanda’s Kiyovu Sport.

Chiefs’ only other appearance in the competition – in 2005 – saw them coming unstuck against another North African club, Tunisian giants Esperance.

But Chiefs insist they will rewrite history next year, and Maphosa adds that they have not ruled out acquiring more players to bolster their squad.

“Kaizer Chiefs will continuously bolster the team base as and when the coach and his technical team feel it is necessary to do so,” he says.

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