Cardoso: Chiefs won't be cheated

CAF Champions League

Kaizer Chiefs will play their first match in which VAR will be used on Saturday, with Daniel Cardoso hoping that it helps avoid blatant cheating.

Chiefs are away at Wydad Casablanca on Saturday night in the first leg of the CAF Champions League semi-finals at the Stade Mohammed V where the North Africans have always been a force with questionable officiating helping their cause at times.

"I am very excited that the VAR comes into play now. I know that in Africa there is quite a bit of cheating," Cardoso said in his pre-match media address.

"It is seen on tv and all of that, so hopefully the VAR can help both sides. We have seen it in the Euros now, it has come into play quite a bit just like it did in the past World Cup.

"You see it all over the world, so it is a good initiative. It shows that teams cannot cheat blatantly, and the referees can’t get paid on the side and all of that."

Morocco has been the first African country to use VAR in the Botola Pro League, where Wydad – who are on a 13-game unbeaten run in all competitions – lead the standings by three points with eight games to play.

Although VAR caused troubles upon its introduction on the continent two years ago, when Wydad infamously abandoned their Champions League final against Esperance, it has been used from the semi-finals stage since last year.

Saturday’s game will have Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye in charge of the whistle, while Bakary Papa Gassama from The Gambia will oversee the video technology.

Worth noting is the fact that in the two games that Chiefs have already played against Wydad this term, they have had three of their players sent off.

Ramahlwe Mphahlele was shown red in the first match while Daniel Akpeyi and Samir Nurkovic had to walk at FNB.

"I think for us to avoid any red cards, we just have to be more disciplined at the back and the whole team. We cannot go into challenges recklessly," Cardoso added.

"I know that the first red card that Daniel Akpeyi got shouldn’t have been a red card, because I thought it was a bit of a harsh decision on us, but then you know when you are playing in Africa anything can happen.

"The second red card, I think it shouldn’t have been, but it is what it is and we have managed to get the results and we will just have to hold on."

Kick-off on Saturday is scheduled for 21h00 (SA time).

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